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Naval Kishore Press – digital

The Naval Kishore Press (NKP) was founded in Lakhnau in 1858 by Munshi Naval Kishore (1836-1895) and grew in the following decades to one of India’s most important publishing houses. During Naval Kishore’s lifetime the press published ca. 5,000 titles covering literature in Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and Sanskrit on subjects as diverse as religion, education, medicine, school-books, Sanskrit literature, translations of English classics and much more.

The Library of the South Asia Institute (SAI) at Heidelberg University holds with its ca. 2,000 titles – 742 on microfilm – issued by the Naval Kishore Press a representative cross section of the Press’ publications.

Selected Hindi- and Sanskrit titles from the NKP collection will be digitized, OCRed and converted to searchable and editable digital texts. A word or phrase found by searching the fulltext will be highlighted in the facsimile. Furthermore users can download a high quality OCR-PDF of the facsimile, where the text is fully searchable either in Devanāgarī script or in Latin transliteration. This project is partly funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and its Specialised Information Service programme (Fachinformationdienst für die Wissenschaft, FID).

The digitized works are recorded in HEIDI, the University Library’s online catalogue as well the regional union-catalogue SWB and CrossAsia.org.

The Naval Kishore Press Bibliography, set up by the SAI Library, serves as a central bibliographic database for records of books and journals published by the Naval Kishore Press and aims to provide access to bibliographic records of titles that are distributed in libraries worldwide. Apart from the NKP collection in Heidelberg, the bibliography records also ca. 1,100 NKP titles available at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

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