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Digitised Quarterly Lists PDFs and Metadata

2016

Abstract

The files in this dataset are derived from the British Library’s collection of bound volume Quarterly Lists: printed catalogue records of Indian books published quarterly and by province of British India between 1867 and 1947. The dataset comprises full-text searchable PDFs of 215 volumes as well as the associated metadata for each volume and represents a rich source for researchers interested in the publishing industry and book history in India. The catalogues are predominantly in English language with some Indian scripts and mostly arranged in table format, capturing descriptive metadata about the books, including the name and addresses of printers and publishers, the number of copies printed and often the price, as well as much more. The catalogues have been made available through the British Library's Two Centuries of Indian Print project, which is also digitising rare Bengali books dating from 1713-1914, the datasets of which will also be made available through this website.

Files

File nameDate UploadedVisibilityFile size
Batch2.zip30 Jan 2019Public 7.49 GB
Batch3.zip30 Jan 2019Public 10 GB
Batch4.zip30 Jan 2019Public 9.53 GB

Metadata

  • Resource type

    Dataset

  • Collections
  • Contributors
    • Derrick, Tom (Curator)
    • Sobers-Khan, Nur
      • ISNI
      • ORCID iD
  • Institution
    • British Library

  • Publisher
    • British Library

  • Place of publication
    • London, UK

  • Official URL
  • Related URL
  • DOI
    • doi.org/10.21250/tcq

  • Alternate identifier
      • Alternate identifier: DAR00627
      • type: Digital Asset Register ID
  • Keywords
  • Additional information
    • Due to the large file size of the PDF catalogues, they have been split into 4 batches, by region: The 8.5 GB .ZIP file, batch 1, contains 23 volumes of Quarterly Lists in Portable Document Format (PDF) covering books published in Bengal, 1830-1919 The 7 GB .ZIP file, batch 2, contains 19 volumes of Quarterly Lists in Portable Document Format (PDF) covering books published in Bengal, 1920-1947 The 9.3 GB .ZIP file, batch 3, contains 37 volumes of Quarterly Lists in Portable Document Format (PDF) covering books published in Bombay The 8.9 GB .ZIP file, batch 4, contains 29 volumes of Quarterly Lists in Portable Document Format (PDF) covering books published in Madras The 7.8 GB .ZIP file, batch 5, contains 24 volumes of Quarterly Lists in Portable Document Format (PDF) covering books published in NWFP NWP/United Provinces/Uttar Pradesh The 9.2 GB .ZIP file, batch 6, contains 26 volumes of Quarterly Lists in Portable Document Format (PDF) covering books published in Punjab The 8 GB .ZIP file, batch 7, contains 60 volumes of Quarterly Lists in Portable Document Format (PDF) covering books published in Afghanistan, Ajaigarh, Ajmer-Merwara, Alwar, Assam, Baghelkhand, Baluchistan, Baroda and Bangalore, Berar, Bhopal, Bihar, Orissa, Bikaner, Bombay, Bundelkhand, Bundi and Burma, Nagod, Orchha, Orissa, Oudh, Punjab, Rajputana, Ratlam, Rewa, Sailana, Shahpura, Sind, Southern Cenral Indian States, Straits Settlements, Central India, Central Provinces, Madhya Pradesh, Malta, Ceylon, Dairi ul-Maarif Press, Jamai Osmania, Hyderabad, Delhi Province, Dewas, Dhar, Hong Kong, Hyderabad City, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kashmir, Jammu, Jaora, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kotah, Madras and Mysore Each .ZIP file also contains two Microsoft Excel workbook files in .XLSX and .XLS (2010 version) listing the collection of Quarterly Lists for each batchThese PDFs can be used for text analysis of book publishing metadata. Due to the extreme sizes of some of the zip archives (often well in excess of 4GB), we recommend using a dedicated zip archive application, such as 7-zip, to open and extract these datasets. For example, the built-in zip archive handling in Microsoft Windows (ie Right-click to 'Extract Here') is not designed to handle these sizes and will throw errors, even suggesting (falsely) that the archive is corrupt.