Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


Printing Presses of the 19th century

Given below are the names of the printing presses that were functioning in Kerala during the 19th century. The list is taken from the book Aadi-mudranam Bharathathilum Malayalathilum (Early Printing in India and in Malayalam) by K. M. Gopi, published in 1998.

 Place Press
 Kunnamkulam Vidyaratnaprabha
 Koonammavu Amalothbhavamathavinte Press, Methropolitha Western Star (This was later shifted to Thiruvananthapuram)
 Kollam     Manomohanam, Vidyabhivardhini, Knanaya Press, C. M. S. Sreebhadra Press
 Kozhikode  Kelappan Achukkootam, Bharathi, Minerva, Vidyavilasam, Spectator (Malabar and Travancore)
 Thalassery Mission Press (at Illikkunnu), Masar al Uloom (lithography), Mahani al Huda (lithography), Vidyarthisanthanam, Vidyavilasam
 Thiruvananthapuram Keralaratnam, Keralavilasam, Keralodayam, Kairaleevilasam, Travancore Printing Company, Thiruvithamkoor Sarkar Press, Mudravilasam, St. Joseph’s, Shanmukhavilasam
 Thrissur   Keralakalpadrumam, Keralachinthamani, Vidyavinodini (Sundarayyar and Sons)
 Nadapuram   Janaranjini
 Pattambi Vijnanachinthamani
 Palakkad K. P. Krishna Menon Press, Bharathi Achakam, Bharathimukhavilasam, Vidyakumudra-chandrika
 Ponnani Manha-al-Huda, Muhki Al-fara ib (lithography)
 Mannanam (Kottayam) St. Joseph’s Press
 Varappuzha Malabar Printing

Given below is a list of 28 printing presses that were functioning in Travancore in 1905. The list was provided by V. Nagamayya in the State Manual :

 Place Press
Thiruvananthapuram    Aksharavilasam, Keralodayam, Prabhakaram, Bhaskaram, Malabar Mail, Lakshmi Vilasam, Western Star, Shanmukhavilasam, Saraswathivilasam, Subodhini, Subhashini
 Alappuzha Santacruz, Chentar
 Eravipuram Varnaprakasam
 Kottayam Knanaya Pradeepikam, C. M. S, Syrian Seminary Press (Govindapuram diocese), Malabar Daily News, Malayala Manorama
 Nagercoil Agasthyarvilasam, Nanchination, London Mission, Victoria
 Paravoor Keralabhooshanam, Saraswathivilasam

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