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India

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The world's largest democracy has a rich and diverse culture. Now, it is also achieving more rapid economic growth India's vast territory can be divided into three main regions ...

India paper

India paper  

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A very thin, tough, soft, absorbent unsized opaque buff paper, introduced from China about 1750. It was also known as India (proof) paper since it came from East Asia. Made ...
Macmillan (India)

Macmillan (India)  

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In 1875, Alexander Macmillan took over a school series from Thacker, Spink, & Co. to begin his Indian textbook list. Maurice Macmillan assumed control of the Indian Branch in 1886 ...
India Office Library and records

India Office Library and records  

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The archives of the East India Company and the India Office, from 1600 to 1947, are kept at Orbit House, Blackfriars Road, London SE1.
India, National Library of, Kolkata

India, National Library of, Kolkata  

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Founded in 1836 as the Calcutta Public Library. The nucleus of its collection was formed with the transfer of 4,675 volumes from the library of Fort William College. In 1903 ...
South India Saiva Siddhanta Works Publishing Society

South India Saiva Siddhanta Works Publishing Society  

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Tamil publishing house founded in 1920 by the brothers V. Thiruvarangam and V. Subbiah Pillai. It published the canon of rediscovered ancient Tamil classics, while its antiquarian editions of ...
Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha  

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India’s longest-running series of comic books. Started in 1967 by Anant Pai, it is published by India Book House (see oxford & ibh). Issued in almost 20 Indian and foreign ...
Higginbothams Bookstore

Higginbothams Bookstore  

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India’s oldest bookshop began as the Wesleyan Book Depot in 1844 in Madras (Chennai). Abel Higginbotham bought it from its missionary founders, passing it to his son in 1891. In ...
Prabhāt Kumār Ghoṣ

Prabhāt Kumār Ghoṣ  

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 (1917–2004) Founder of Eastend Printers,Calcutta (Kolkata), 1950. Arguably India’s finest hot-metal era printing office for scholarly books in English, Eastend closed in the early 1990s. Legendary ...
B. S. (Belary Shamana) Kesavan

B. S. (Belary Shamana) Kesavan  

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 (1909–2000) The first librarian of the National Library of India, Kolkata, from 1948 to 1963.A bibliographer of repute, Kesavan also wrote the pioneering three-volume History of Printing and ...
Jaico Books

Jaico Books  

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Established in 1946 by Jaman Shah, who named his company ‘Jai’ (victory) in celebration of India’s imminent independence, the firm is primarily a wholesaler, but also publishes reference books and ...
Asia Publishing House

Asia Publishing House  

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Founded in 1943 by Peter Jayasinghe, it became one of India’s leading publishers of scholarly books. The first Indian-owned publishing house to be organized along professional lines with specially ...
Hind Pocket Books

Hind Pocket Books  

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Indian publisher, established in 1958 by Dina Nath Malhotra, who came to India after Partition and eventually turned to publishing. In 1959, he spearheaded the Indian paperback revolution with ten ...
Indian Institute Library, Oxford

Indian Institute Library, Oxford  

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Founded in 1875, in a building on the corner of Broad Street and Holywell Street, the institute was intended to prepare British administrators for work in India, but soon developed ...
Bustamante, Juan de (Rodrigues, João)

Bustamante, Juan de (Rodrigues, João)  

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 (1536?–88) A Jesuit from Valencia,he pioneered printing in India. His arrival in Goa (1556) with a printing press was accidental, as it was meant for Abyssinia. The first known ...
Calcutta (Kolkata), Central Reference Library

Calcutta (Kolkata), Central Reference Library  

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A subsidiary of the National Library of India, founded 1955, following the passing of the Delivery of Books (Public Libraries) Act of 1954. Its chief task is to carry out ...
Connemara Public Library, Madras (Chennai)

Connemara Public Library, Madras (Chennai)  

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The largest public library in south India. Founded in 1896, it became the chief public library of the state of Tamilnadu in 1950. In 1954, it was made a national ...
colonial editions

colonial editions  

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Editions of books published for distribution at special prices to colonial markets, chiefly Australia and New Zealand, but also India, Canada, South Africa, and elsewhere. Several British firms ran ...
Fort William College

Fort William College  

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Founded 1800 in Calcutta (Kolkata) to train the East India Company’s British civilians. Books written for this purpose aided the development of early Bengali prose. Mrityunjay Vidyalankar, Ram Ram ...
College of Fort St George

College of Fort St George  

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Founded in Madras (Chennai) by F. W. Ellis in 1812, the college, which closed in 1854, was intended to train East India Company officials in native languages. It became the ...
Harināth De

Harināth De  

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 (1877–1911)In 1907, De became the first-ever Indian librarian of the Imperial Library in Calcutta (see india, national library of, kolkata) and was appointed the first lecturer of the Department ...

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