This dataset comprises 155 digitised images (TIFF files) drawn from a selection of early printed Bengali books (1713-1914) digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. Also contained are ground truth transcriptions (XML) for each page that can be used for training optical character recognition software on historical Bengali printed text. Folder 1 contains images and ground truth used to train Transkribus. Folder 2 contains the images and ground truth used for the REID2019 competition, part of ICDAR 2019. The images are out of copyright and the transcriptions are also public domain.