Evolution of systematic bibliographies in India
In India, prior to the nineteenth century, there was no attempt to provide a sort of bibliographical control over published literature apart from some stray evidences of bibliographical works, as publication of printed books became a regular feature in the country only in the first part of the nineteenth century itself. The first bibliography of the country entitled Bibliographical index to the historians of Mohammedan India by Henry Miers Elliot was published in 1849. Though few good bibliographies were appeared in India during nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was the publication of Indian national bibliography (INB) in 1958, which heralded the appearance of bibliographies in the country as a regular phenomenon. With regards to style and contents, most of the bibliographies in India have followed a classified arrangement under broad subject headings, entries under which are arranged alphabetically by surnames of the authors. Though there is sizeable number of bibliographies following some other patterns. Index was first appeared in 1861 in Fitz Edward Hall’s A contribution towards an index for the bibliography of Indian philosophical system.
- GIPE Working Papers