New old books

We have constantly endeavoured to bring old titles back in print, thereby taking advantage of our design and print-on-demand capabilities. We have done this often before, both for the State Central Library, Goa and also as part of our own publishing programme. This time we have 3 titles on offer, two on the enigmatic Moghul, Aurangzeb, and the third, An Historical & Archaeological Sketch of the City of Goa by Jose Nicolau da Fonseca, a rather comprehensive description of Goa first published in 1878. In its reference to this book, hughpagan.com states that:

This appears to be the first English-language publication to provide descriptions and histories of the principal public buildings and churches of the city of Goa, the Portuguese dependency on the western coast of India (and it may indeed be the earliest book in any language to do so, for the author does not cite any similar publication in his relatively extensive bibliographical footnotes). It also provides a general survey of the history and social and economic conditions of the territory of Goa, and is a real credit to its author, the local historian Jose Nicolau da Fonseca.

More on this topic: Blast from the past,  Arte da Lingoa Canarim

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