Catalogue of Jyotisa Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library: Sanskrit Astral and Mathematical Literature

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The renowned Wellcome Library houses a number of - often literally - unique and rare Sanskrit and Indian vernacular manuscripts, collected by Sir Henry Wellcome himself in the early twentieth century.
The present catalogue by David Pingree is the first guide to the important Wellcome collection of manuscripts containing texts on jyotihsastra, which includes astronomy, mathematics, divination and astrology, and covering well over a thousand manuscripts.
Descriptions feature information, e.g., on scribes, owners and their families, thus providing much that will prove useful for those studying not only Sanskrit scientific manuscripts themselves, but also their creation, distribution and preservation. A true treasure-trove.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004131521
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/19/2003
  • Series: Sir Henry Wellcome Asian Series, #2
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Pingree, Ph.D.(1960) in Classics and Sanskrit, Harvard University, is Professor of the History of Mathematics at Brown University. He has catalogued Sanskrit manuscripts in numerous libraries throughout the world, and is the Chair, American Committee for South Asian Manuscripts.
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Table of Contents

Astronomy 1
Mathematics 57
Divination 69
Genethlialogy 119
Muhurta 245
Prasna 309
Encyclopaedias 333
Kosa 337
Magic 339
Composite Manuscripts 343
Sucipattras 403
Indexes 405
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