An Empire of Books : The Naval Kishore Press and the Diffusion of the Printed Word in Colonial India

Ulrike Stark

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Contents: Acknowledgements. Note on transliteration and conventions. Glossary. Abbreviations. Introduction. 1. The coming of the book in Hindi and Urdu. 2. A life in print: Munshi Naval Kishore (1836-1895). 3. An Indian success story: the House of Naval Kishore. 4. The Colonial factor: Patronage, collaboration and money matters. 5. Calligraphers, scholars, and translators: The Publishing House as an intellectual space. 6. Avadh Akhbar: Politics, public opinion, and the promotion of Urdu Literature. 7. Hindi Publishing in a stronghold of Urdu. Conclusion. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. "The history of the book and the commercialization of print in the nineteenth century remain largely uncharted areas in South Asia. This monumental work on the legendary Naval Kishore Press of Lucknow which was established in 1858, analyses an Indian publisher's engagement in the field of cultural production. Describing early centres and pioneers of print in North India, the author traces the coming of the book in Hindi and Urdu. She analyses the production of scholarly and popular books against a backdrop of cultural, social, and economic developments, identifying the contributions of writers and literary people associated with the press. The detail, rigour, and sweep of this work brings nineteenth-century publishing in India to life in a manner hitherto unknown.". Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The history of the book and the commercialization of print in the nineteenth century remain largely uncharted areas in South Asia. This major monograph on the legendary Naval Kishore Press of Lucknow (est. 1858) then the foremost publishing house in the subcontinent represents something of a breakthrough. It analyses an Indian publisher s engagement in the field of cultural production with a detail and rigour hitherto unknown. Describing early centres and pioneers of print in North India, the author traces the coming of the book in Hindi and Urdu. The career of Munshi Naval Kishore (1836 95) is viewed as exemplifying the publisher s rise to prominence in the colonial public sphere. Ulrike Stark examines the publishing house in its roles as commercial enterprise and intellectual centre. Against a backdrop of cultural, social, and economic developments, she analyses the production of scholarly and popular books in religion, medicine, historiography, and literature, identifying the contributions of individual scholars, literati, and translators associated with the press. The business relationship between publisher and colonial government receives special attention as an example of the transactional character of the colonial encounter. Aspects of patronage, competition, and contested agency in textbook production are foregrounded. Concluding with an analysis of patterns of Hindi and Urdu publishing, the book portrays the Naval Kishore Press as an intellectual microcosm reflecting a still vibrant composite culture. This book is invaluable for anyone interested in print culture, intellectual networks, and the cultural history of modern India.

About the Author: ULRIKE STARK has until recently been Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern South Asian Studies, South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University. She now teaches in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

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