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Greetings from India.

ur firm: Asian Educational Services, was formed in 1973 with the idea to preserve knowledge, primarily in the form of old books, from being irrevocably lost.

My name is Gautam Jetley and I represent this firm. What we do is we source old books from collectors, libraries, and sellers, and we republish the ones that are of most value. Not always of financial value, but of historical value. The oldest book that we have published is a 1664 issue. Most of our books are out of copy right.

We are known for our high standards of quality and presentation of the books: all our books are hard-bound and are embossed with gold. Comparing the books of a century or two ago with that of the modern day, we decided to give our book an antique look: the people back then really knew how to make beautiful books.

If it is material on India that you are looking for, then our catalogue entries would present a wide variety of books on various subjects. Among the titles that we have on India are books on travel in India through the centuries: from times BC up till the early 20th century. Furthermore we have selections on History, Art, Architecture, Religion (Buddhism and Hinduism are dealt with in exhaustive detail), Customs and Manners, Antiquities, Anthropology, Folklore and Mythology, Numismatics, Wildlife and Sports, etc. The titles are by no means centred only upon India: almost all regions of Asia are represented: Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, China, Burma, South East Asian archipelago, Arabia, Iran, Central Asia, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Siberia, and more are studied in our selection.

Another aspect of our publication endeavour is that of language aids: presently we have a selection of dictionaries and grammars of over 40 Asian, European and African languages. Of all the major languages and dialects of India we have linguistic material in the shape of comprehensive and authoritative dictionaries and grammars, self learning books, proverbs, and other aids for comparative linguistics, including some of the dead languages and dialects too. Some of the other languages that we have covered are: Croatian, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili, Sinhalese, Tibetan, Burmese, Persian, Pukhto, Chinese, Inuktitut, Amharic, and so on… a Tower of Babel of sorts.

The authors of these books form a motley crew of some of the biggest names in oriental studies. Max Muller, Herman Oldenberg, R. C. Childers, Monier-Williams, Stiengass, E. W. Lane, the Rhys Davids couple, W. Geiger, Vincent Smith, James Princep, Cosma de Koros… the list is long. Then we have the mavericks: Richard F. Burton, Arminius Vambery, Sven Hedin, M. Auriel Stein, Robert Knox, François Bernier, Francis E. Younghusband, William Moorcroft… Each of them — and there are others, did what they could to make their commitment justified. The volumes that poured out of them strove to demystify the legends and strengthen the Mystery. Besides the names mentioned above, hundreds of other equally dedicated pens lived a scholarly life, and they live on through their books.

Executing job-works for overseas clients has been an increasing endeavour. So far we have had collaborations with Mission Estrangers de Paris, and Les Indes in France; with Selous Books in England; with Hippocrene Books, and The Eco Foundation, in America. Great care is taken by us to provide a premium product to our clients. Standard quality of paper is used for these books: from 60gsm to 300gsm; and the books are printed on the modern machines. While keeping in with the latest technology for the processing, the tradition of binding book by hand is kept alive under our roof: this gives the books an old-world feel, while preserving all the benefits of a modern publication. The services of my company are ideal for commemorative editions, rare or limited edition publications, small to medium high quality print-runs, or any other publication of an exclusive nature.

It would be a pleasure to meet you and discuss projects to our mutual benefit.


Gautam Jetley

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