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Essays on Indian Antiquities, Historic, Numismatic, and Palaeographic
To Which are Added Tables, Illustrative of Indian History, Chronology, Modern Coinages, Weights, Measures, etc.

Volume 2


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Perspectives from the Royal Asiatic Society

  • Date Published: February 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108055949

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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 2 includes essays on coins and philology, with the extensive tables and lists of historical weights and measures, and explanations of Indian chronology.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108055949
    • length: 620 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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
    General index.

  • Author

    James Prinsep


    Edward Thomas

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