337-year-old book to be reprinted

Via The Hindu

Collectors of rare books will soon be able to lay their hands on a facsimile copy of 17th century book India and Persia by British cartographer John Ogilvie. It is being reprinted by the authorities of the Asiatic Society here.

Published in 1673, the book, which is a part of the Library of the Asiatic Society, is the only known copy in India, said Nirbed Ray, publication secretary of the Society.

While the condition of the original had deteriorated owing to effects of age, the reprint would probably be available in March, nearly 337 years after it was first printed.

The book has unique artwork and maps from India and Persia. It provided the merchants of the East India Company valuable information on India and the Gangetic plains, Mr. Ray said.

While the decision to reprint the book was part of the Society’s constant endeavour of historic revival, it was decided to reprint it as a facsimile to retain the original look and feel of the book, he said.

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