Whitley Stokes (1830-1909): The Lost Celtic Notebooks Rediscovered

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Whitley Stokes was described as 'the greatest of living Celtic philologists'. After legal studies he practiced as an equity draughtsman and conveyancer, and during his spare time he studied philology with Rudolf Siegfried, from whom he acquired his mastery of the Celtic languages and of Sanskrit. In 1862 Stokes was sent to India, as Secretary to the Legal Department, and later Law Member of the Council of the Governor-General, a post he held until his retirement in 1882. He was responsible for codifying almost ...

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Overview

Whitley Stokes was described as 'the greatest of living Celtic philologists'. After legal studies he practiced as an equity draughtsman and conveyancer, and during his spare time he studied philology with Rudolf Siegfried, from whom he acquired his mastery of the Celtic languages and of Sanskrit. In 1862 Stokes was sent to India, as Secretary to the Legal Department, and later Law Member of the Council of the Governor-General, a post he held until his retirement in 1882. He was responsible for codifying almost the entire body of Anglo-Indian laws, but during those years in India he was also carving out a reputation for himself as a Celtic scholar. The discovery, by Dábhí Ó Cróinín, of all Stokes' 150 working Celtic notebooks, unnoticed since 1919 in the University Library, Leipzig, has only now revealed the extent of Stokes' astonishing industry in his later years, and makes available the previously lost manuscript notebooks that Stokes used during a life-time of research in Celtic Studies. Readers will be able to follow the course of his fifty year career, and the evolution of his scholarly works as pioneer text-hunter and publisher of previously unpublished materials in Old Irish, Old Welsh, Old Cornish and Old Breton. As his notebooks are dated, it is possible to follow his every step along the path that made him the foremost Celtic scholar of his time.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781846821745
  • Publisher: Four Courts Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2011
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

List of Abbreviations ix

Acknowledgments x

Introduction 1

Part I

Whitley Stokes' manuscript notebooks 5

Life and career of Whitley Stokes (1830-1909) 7

Catalogue of the Whitley Stokes notebooks in the Universitätsbibliothek (Albertina) in Leipzig 26

Part II

R.I. Best's 'Bibliography of the publications of Whitley Stokes'(1912) 93

Appendix 1 The text of Stokes' draft translation of Saltair na Rann 136

Appendix 2 King Ailill's Death (Book of Leinster, fo.214) 143

Appendix 3 An Aran song (words and air) collected in 1857 145

Appendix 4 Leipzig University Library Acquisitions Register record for the Stokes Collection 146

Index of the Stokes Notebooks 147

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