David Laing Book Collecting Prize

Do you own an interesting collection of books or print ephemera? Enter to win a £500 prize, plus an allowance of £250 to acquire a book for the University of Edinburgh’s Special Collections!

Prize details and application form for the David Laing Book Collecting Prize.

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From Little London to Little Bengal

This post is part of a series about useful books and online resources for students of book history and material culture, written by current MSc students at the University of Edinburgh.


A large concern of mine in the field of book history is the relatively small number of comprehensive studies done on print cultures in non-Western cultures. Outside of brief articles and specific examples, there has not been a lot of information (or so this amateur researcher has found) to be had about broader print cultures. The strength of Daniel E. White’s book From Little London to Little Bengal: Religion, Print, and Modernity in Early British India is its ability to provide a broad framework for continued research in the print cultures of non-Western cultures, through the specific example of India.

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