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C.M.S Press, the first printing press in Kerala[1] was established in 1821 by Rev. Benjamin Baily, a British missionary, at Chalukunnu in Kottayam district.

C.M.S Press


The first Malayalam Book printed in Kerala, 'Cherupaitangalku Upakarardham Englishil ninnu Paribhashapedutiya Kadhakal',(which consists of short stories for children translated from English) by Benjamin Baily was printed at CMS press in Kottayam in 1824.C.M.S Press published complete Malayalam translation of the Bible in 1842 and a Malayalam- English Dictionary in 1846.Njananikshepam(in Malayalam:ജ്ഞാനനിക്ഷേപം), the first printed News paper published in Kerala,[2] has been printed and published from 1848 from this press.

C.M.S Press undertook printing works in the languages of Malayalam, English, Tamil, Sanskrit, Latin and Syriac.C.M.S Press was the first polyglot printing office as well as the first book publishing house in Kerala.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2009-03-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Handbook of Kottayam district, published by Geovernment of Kerala
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