Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Back on stands after 337 years

A book depicting India during the rule of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb — which was first published in 1673 at Kent in England — has been reprinted by the Asiatic Society. 

The book by John Ogilby, who interestingly never visited India and wrote it on the basis of travelogues and other materials available to him, is now up for sale for general public. 

It will be priced between Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,500. Ogilby was born in England in 1600 and died in 1676. According to historians, he was a versatile man — a trainer in horse riding, dancing, and a brilliant cartographer. The book was printed by Ogilby at his own press at his home in Kent. A copy of this rare book was found in the library of Bangiya Sahitya Parishad two years ago. It is said that the book was donated to the Parishad by a Kolkata-based merchant
Yathindra Nath Pal, who was also a collector of rare books.

Full report here Indian Express

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