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Essays on Indian Antiquities, Historic, Numismatic, and Palaeographic

Essays on Indian Antiquities, Historic, Numismatic, and Palaeographic
To Which are Added Tables, Illustrative of Indian History, Chronology, Modern Coinages, Weights, Measures, etc.
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Perspectives from the Royal Asiatic Society

  • Date Published: February 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108055956

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  • A key figure in the history of Benares (Varanasi), James Prinsep (1799–1840) was instrumental in expanding Western knowledge of Indian civilisation. After briefly studying under Pugin, he became an assay master in Calcutta in 1819, and soon moved to Benares. His talents were many, and within a few years he had completed a detailed map of the city, designed a new mint, engineered a system to improve sanitation and begun studying the inscriptions and coins that helped him to decipher two ancient scripts and to establish the dates of Indian dynasties. Collected in 1858 and edited by the numismatist Edward Thomas (1813–86), these essays are generously illustrated, often in Prinsep's hand, and display the enormous breadth of his knowledge. Volume 1 includes a short biography by his brother, along with articles on coins, relics and archaeological discoveries. Volume 2 includes essays on coins and philology, along with explanations of Indian chronology.

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    • Date Published: February 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108055956
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.461kg
    • contains: 71 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. On the ancient Roman coins in the cabinet of the Asiatic Society
    2. On the Greek coins in the cabinet of the Asiatic Society
    3. Note in Lieut. Burnes' coins
    4. Bactrian and Indo-Scythic coins
    5. The discovery of a subterranean town near Behat
    6. Coins and relics discovered by M. Ventura in the Tope of Manikyala
    7. On the coins and relics discovered by M. Ventura (cont.)
    8. Further information on the Tope of Manikyala
    9. Further notes on Bactrian and Indo-Scythic coins
    10. On the connexion of various ancient Hindu coins with Grecian or Indo-Scythic series
    11. Notices of ancient Hindu coins
    12. New varieties of Bactrian coins
    13. New varieties of Mithraic or Indo-Scythic series of coins and their imitations
    14. New types of Bactrian and Indo-Scythic coins
    15. Specimens of Hindu coins descended from the Parthian type
    16. The legends of the Saurashtra group of coins deciphered. Volume 2:
    17. Application of the early Bhilsa alphabet to the Buddhist group of coins
    18. Résumé of Indian Pali alphabets
    19. Examination of the Sah inscription from Girnar in Gujarat
    20. On the application of a new method of block printing, with notices of inedited coins
    21. Additions to Bactrian numismatics, and determination of Bactrian alphabet
    Useful tables, illustrative of the coins, weights, and measures of British India
    Addenda
    General index.

  • Author

    James Prinsep

    Editor

    Edward Thomas

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