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Lithography in 19th Century Mumbaī: Bapu Sadashiv Sheth’s and Other Lithographic Presses


· Camillo A. Formigatti University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom)


07/27 | 11:00-11:20 UTC+2/CEST


The diffusion of movable-type print in nineteenth century India is paralleled by the widespread use of lithography as a means of text reproduction. This paper will investigate the terminology for print as exemplified in selected Sanskrit lithographs printed in Mumbaī at Bapu Sadashiv Sheth’s printing press, comparing it with the terminology found in colophons of Sanskrit manuscripts from different periods and areas. The paper will also discuss the choice of texts, format and layout solutions adopted by this printer, briefly comparing with material printed by other lithographic presses from the same time and area.