I am happy to bring out this Facsimile
Reproduction of the Kolhapur District Gazetteer, which was first
published in 1886, by the British Government in the Series of
Gazetteers of the Bombay Presidency. The Volume was edited by Mr.
James M. Campbell, I.C.S. This encyclopaedic volume was published
112 years ago and has now become scarce and gone out of print. The
second revised edition of the Kolhapur District Gazetteer was
published by this Department in 1960. However, the utility of the
Kolhapur District Gazetteer in the Old Series is still undiminished,
because it contains authentic and very useful information on several
aspects of life, and has an impress of profound scholarship and
Learning. It has not lost its utility due to the mere passage of
time. It is, therefore, felt necessary to preserve this treasure of
knowledge for posterity. There is also a demand from scholars that
all the Old Gazetteers should be reprinted even though a revised
edition is available. With these considerations in view the
Gazetteer Volumes in the Old Series are being reprinted. I am sure,
scholars and studious persons will find them very useful.
I am thankful to Smt. Neela Satyanarayana,
Secretary, Cultural Affairs Department for her encouragement in this
work and the Director, Government Printing and Stationery, Shri P.
S. More and the Manager, Government Photozinco Press, Pune, Shri U.
S. Sonawane and other staff in the Press for expeditiously
completing the work of reprinting.
Dr. Arunchandra S.
Executive Editor and