Catalogue of Sanskrit Manuscripts: The Pandit Collection
- About the Book
This new catalogue describes the holdings of the so-called Pandit Collection held at the Royal Library, Copenhagen. A diverse collection of more than 1,200 Sanskrit texts, it comprises codices ranging in length from several hundred folios to a single folio, or a manuscript fragment, often produced by educated (or in other cases by less educated) scribes.
The Pandit Collection was purchased in Pune (Maharashtra) in the early 1920s from its now-unknown previous owner by the Danish indologist Poul Tuxen. As its name suggests, it is the Sanskrit manuscript collection of a pandit, a traditionally educated Indian scholar, part of it acquired by earlier generations of his brahmanic family. That makes the collection interesting from cultural-historical and anthropological points of view since it documents the wide range of learning, professional tasks and social functions that were covered by Indian scholars active in the last days of their pre-modern educational and scholarly tradition.
Designed especially as an essential source of reference for scholars working in all aspects of manuscript studies, the catalogue includes numerous illustrations (many in colour) that help to identify the texts and give a glimpse of the condition, calligraphic styles and decorative elements of the manuscripts.
- Hartmut Buescher is an independent scholar who has long worked in the fields of Indology, Tibetology and Buddhist studies. He is the author of two earlier volumes in the COMDC series – the Catalogue of Sanskrit Manuscripts: Early Acquisitions and the Nepal Collection (2011) and, together with Tarab Tulku, the Catalogue of Tibetan Manuscripts and Xylographs (2000) – plus two monographs in the fields of Indo-Tibetan philology and philosophy.