Brunet, t. I, col. 915.
Very rare printing of Serampore in Bengal, a centre of religious publishing in East Asia in the first half of the 19th century.
First edition of this Sanskrit translation.
In 1793, a British missionary by the name of William Carey went to India where he worked for six years in Bengal, before going to Serampore, a Danish trading post north of Calcutta. There he joined Joshua Marshman and William Ward, two other missionaries, and established the Serampore mission in 1800, which was to become a major educational centre in the country, notably thanks to the creation of a private printing house in the same year and a college in 1818.
The Serampore printing house operated from 1800 to 1832: it is estimated that about 210,000 books (Bibles, dictionaries, grammars, school books, etc.) were printed in at least forty different languages (Sanskrit, Bengali, Chinese, Burmese, etc.).