The Works of Sir William Jones: With the Life of the Author by Lord Teignmouth

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A renowned Enlightenment polymath, Sir William Jones (1746?94) was a lawyer, translator and poet who wrote authoritatively on politics, comparative linguistics and oriental literature. Known initially for his Persian translations and political radicalism, Jones became further celebrated for his study and translation of ancient Sanskrit texts following his appointment to the supreme court in Calcutta in 1783. He spent the next eleven years introducing Europe to the mysticism and rationality of Hinduism through ...

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A renowned Enlightenment polymath, Sir William Jones (1746–94) was a lawyer, translator and poet who wrote authoritatively on politics, comparative linguistics and oriental literature. Known initially for his Persian translations and political radicalism, Jones became further celebrated for his study and translation of ancient Sanskrit texts following his appointment to the supreme court in Calcutta in 1783. He spent the next eleven years introducing Europe to the mysticism and rationality of Hinduism through works such as his nine 'Hymns' to Hindu deities and his translation of the Sanskrit classic Sacontalá, influencing Romantic writers from William Blake to August Wilhelm Schlegel. Volume 4 of his thirteen-volume works, published in 1807, contains Jones' extensive Indic scholarship and translations published in British periodicals such as Asiatick Researches and The Asiatick Miscellany, and includes the unprecedented 'On the Musical Modes of the Hindus' (1792) and 'On the Mystical Poetry of the Persians and Hindus' (1791).

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1. On the chronology of the Hindus; 2. A supplement to the essay on Indian chronology; 3. Note to Mr Vansittart's paper; 4. On the antiquity of the Indian zodiak; 5. On the literature of the Hindus, from the Sanscrit; 6. On the second classical book of the Chinese; 7. The lunar year of the Hindus; 8. On the musical modes of the Hindus; 9. On the mystical poetry of the Persians and Hindus; 10. Gitagovinda, or the song of Jayadeva; 11. Remarks upon the island of Hinzuan, or Johanna; 12. A conversation with Abraham, an Abyssinian; 13. On the course of the Nile; 14. On the Indian game of chess; 15. An Indian grant of land; 16. Inscriptions on the staff of Firuz Shah; 17. On the baya or Indian gros-beak; 18. On the pangolin of Bahar; 19. On the loris, or slow-paced lemur; 20. On the cure of the elephantiasis; 21. On the cure of the elephantiasis, and other disorders of the blood; 22. Tales and fables, by Nizami.

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