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Lectures on Manuscriptology

Lectures on Manuscriptology


Item Code: NAC003

by B.B. Chaubey

Paperback (Edition: 2004)

Katyayan Vedic Sahitya Prakashan, Hoshiarpur

Size: 8.4 Inch X 5.4 Inch
Pages: 110
Weight of the Book: 110 gms
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Manuscriptology is an important branch of knowledge concerning old manuscripts: the original hand—scripts. materials used for writing, subsequent copying and recopying of the original texts, their collections, preservations cataloguing and finally preparing their critical editions. In the course of their journey MSS suffer many changes like textual corruption, missing. wrecking and displacement of folios, etc., posing great problems to the later editors for preparing their critical editions,. Most of the manuscripts remain unnoticed and finally go to oblivion. Very few of them get the fortune of attaining M0/crit. i.e. publication in critically edited form. It was really an order of the Providence that l developed a keen interest for preparing critical editions of some Vedic texts which were yet unknown. I devoted a considerable period of my academic life in this field. More l devoted time in critical text—editing work, more I became acquainted with manuscriptology in general and the problems encountering in the work of critical text—editing in particular.

Knowing that was engaged in critical edition Vedic texts, l was invited by several institutions to deliver lectures on Manuscriptology in general and problems concerning preparation of critical editions of Vedic texts in particular. New l feel a great pleasure in presenting my those lectures/papers, which l had delivered/presented in Seminars conferences, in a revised form in this book for the benefit of the students of Manuscriptology.

I am grateful to the authorities of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta (March 8-10, 1990), the Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit. University of Poona (Jan. 21-23, 1992) and the institute of Asian Studies, madras (Jan 1l-l3, 1995). Who had invited me to deliver those lectures in the Seminars, orgnised by them. I place on record a word of appreciation for `Yogesh, my youngest son. for his nice type—setting of _ the book. l express my thanks to Dr. Raghbir Singh, Reader in the Deptt. of VVBIS & IS, (P.U.) Hoshiaipur for taking pain in correcting the proofs.


Preface vi
1. Manuscriptology: Post and Present 1-38
I. Historical Background 1
II. Preparation of Mss 7
(a) Necessity of preparing Mss: their copying and Recopying
(b) Materials used for writing Mss10
1. Birch-bark (Bhurjapatra) 11
2. Bark of Aloe tree (Sancipal) 11
3. Palm-leaves (Tadapatra)12
Processing of Palm-leaves 13
Kumbhi-Bark 14
5. Kumbhi-Bark 14
6. Cloth15
7. Paper 15
(c) Instruments used for Writing 15
1. Stylus15
2. Reed Pen17
(d) Norms followed in preparing Mss 17
(e) Ancient Centres for Manuscript-collections18
(f) Traditional Methods of Preserving Mss 22
III. Modern Areas of Manuscriptology 23
(a) Collection of Manuscripts 23
(b) Cataloguing 25
(c) Preservation and Conservation of Mss26
1. Air-conditioning 27
2. Fumigation chamber 27
3. Lamination27
4. Use of Cellotape and Tissue Papers 27
5. Use of Insecticide oil 27
6. Microfilming and Computerization27
(d) Preparation of Critical Edition 29
IV. Recent Efforts made for Pupularishing Manuscriptology 30
1. Important works done in the field30
2. Seminars30
3. Workshops 34
4. Courses started in Manuscriptology37
2. Manuscripts in Punjab 39-61
I. Nature of literature composed in Punjabi 39
II. Centres of Manuscript-collections 45
1. Sikh History Research Department. Khalsa College, Amritsar 46
2. Language Department, Patiala 47
3. Punjab Archives, Patiala47
4. Motimahal Palace Library, Patiala47
5. Khalsa College Library. Patiala47
6. Mahendra College Library, Patiala47
7. Gurudvara Motibag, Patiala48
8. Shiromani Gurudvara Prabandhak Committee Amritsar48
9. Khalsa College Library, Amritsar48
10. Motilal Nehru Municipal Library48
11. Central Sikh Museum, Amritsar48
12. Punjab Sahitya Academy, Ludhiana48
13. Panjab University, Chandigarh48
14. VVBIS & IS (P.U.) Hoshiarpur48
15. Khan Singh Pustakalaya, Nabha48
16. Sikh Kanya Mhavidyalaya, Ferozepur48
17. Collection of Punjabi Mss in Private possession49
18. Punjabi Mss outside Punjab49
19. Other Places50
III. Catalogues of Punjabi Mss
1. Catalogue of Mss deposited in Sikh History Research Department, Amritsar50
2. Catalogue of Punjabi Mss prepared by Language Department, Patiala50
3. Catalogue of Mss under the possession of Gurudvara Prabandhak Committee, Amritsar54
4. The Catalogue of VVBIS & IS (P.U) Hoshiarpur55
IV. Language and Scripts of the MSS 57
V. Textual Problems concerning Editing of the Punjabi Mss 59
3. Survey of Manuscripts in North-western Zone 62-71
I. Jammu Kashmir 63
1. Raghunath Temple Library, Jammu 63
2. Raja Ram Singh’s Manuscript Library65
3. Raja Amar Singh’s library 66
II. Punjab 66
1. Govt. Oriental College/Panjab University, Lahore 66
2. D.A.V College research Department, Lahore67
3. Vishveshvaranand Vedic Research Institute, Hoshiarpur 68
4. VVBIS & IS (P.U.), Hoshiarpur69
5. Sikh History Research Department. Khalsa College, Amritsar 73
6. Punjab language Department, Patiala73
7. Shiromani Gurudvara Prabandhak Committee, Amritsar74
8. Central Library, Patiala75
9. Punjabi University Library, Patiala 75
10. Private Collections of the Kings75
11. Prof. Pritam Singh’s collection 75
12. Other places75
III. Haryana 76
IV. Himachal Pradesh 76
4. Some Problems En countered in Editing of the Vadhula-Srautasutra 78-87
(i) Problem of understanding the real nature of the text 79
(ii) Problem of filling the gaps and reconstructing the tex t 80
(iii) Problem of ascertaining correct reading 84
(iv) Problem of ascertaining the length of the Sutras 84
(v) Problem of numbering the Prapathakas. Anuvakas and Patalas86
5. Problems of Editing Vedic Commentatorial Texts: With Special Reference of Aryadasa’s Commentary on Vadhula Srautasutra 88-101
1. Problem of identifying and procuring Mss91
2. Problem of displacement of the folios94
3. Some of the important features of Aryadasa’s commentary on Vadhss 97
Index 102-105
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