[INDOLOGY] Indian printed books

Klaus Karttunen klaus.karttunen at helsinki.fi
Tue Apr 21 12:53:32 UTC 2015

Dear all,
I also find the collection rather fascinating. The early Goan prints are mentioned in the Preface (and Rajam’s list leaves out Garcia d’Orta – perhaps the most fascinating among these early prints). But how was South India neglected as at the very beginning books printed at Trankebar in Tamil are presented. There is, however, one chapter in the (South) Indian printing history often forgotten (and I don’t mention this as criticism, just as interesting fact). As early as 1772 Jacob Shameer founded an Armenian printing press in Chennai and published some religious texts and school books.


Klaus Karttunen
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> On 21 Apr 2015, at 05:25, Rosane Rocher <rrocher at sas.upenn.edu> wrote:
> Thank you.  Beautiful catalog of a private collection that was offered for sale en bloc, written by Graham Shaw, the now retired British expert on the history of printing in India.  Does anyone know who was the collector, if the sale went through, and, if it did, who acquired this collection?  
> Rosane Rocher 
> On 4/20/15 4:52 PM, Manu Francis wrote:
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> For those interested in the history of printing in India, I have just found this on the www by chance:
>> https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.booksofasia.com/PDFs/From%2520Conversion%2520to%2520Subversion%2520-%2520250%2520years%2520of%2520the%2520printed%2520book%2520in%2520India%2520_%2520030814B.pdf&sa=U&ei=j2Q1VbOtBs32O5jtgOgL&ved=0CAQQFjAA&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNEp7lvmvFjo7T7xLn8MCgDjus9r3Q <https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.booksofasia.com/PDFs/From%2520Conversion%2520to%2520Subversion%2520-%2520250%2520years%2520of%2520the%2520printed%2520book%2520in%2520India%2520_%2520030814B.pdf&sa=U&ei=j2Q1VbOtBs32O5jtgOgL&ved=0CAQQFjAA&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNEp7lvmvFjo7T7xLn8MCgDjus9r3Q>
>> [[I hope the link will work]]
>> With best wishes.
>> --
>> Emmanuel Francis
>> Chargé de recherche CNRS, Centre d'étude de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud (UMR 8564, EHESS-CNRS, Paris)
>> http://ceias.ehess.fr/ <http://ceias.ehess.fr/>
>> http://ceias.ehess.fr/index.php?1725 <http://ceias.ehess.fr/index.php?1725>
>> http://rcsi.hypotheses.org/ <http://rcsi.hypotheses.org/>
>> Associate member, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Culture (SFB 950, Universität Hamburg)
>> http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/index_e.html <http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/index_e.html>
>> https://cnrs.academia.edu/emmanuelfrancis <https://cnrs.academia.edu/emmanuelfrancis>
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