Original Preface



I am happy to bring out this Facsimile Reproduction of the Sholapur District Gazetteer, which was first published in 1884 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 111 years ago and has now become scarce and gone out of print. The second revised edition of the Sholapur District Gazetteer was published by this Department in 1977. However, the utility of the Sholapur 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.

It may be pertinent to state that a totally rewritten Marathi edition of the Sholapur District Gazetteer is being brought out by us.

I am thankful to Shri Govind Swarup, Secretary, Cultural Affairs Department for his 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.



P. T. Goud

26th January 1997 .

Executive Editor and Secretary