A Sanskrit Treasury

A Compendium of Literature from the Clay Sanskrit Library

Camillo A. Formigatti

A Sanskrit Treasury

Camillo A. Formigatti

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

With a Foreword by Amartya Sen
288 pages | 120 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 1/4
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9781851245314 Will Publish February 2020 For sale in North America only
This beautiful collection brings together passages from the renowned stories, poems, dramas, and myths of South Asian literature, including the Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyaṇa. Drawing on translations published by the Clay Sanskrit Library, the passages feature Hindu foundational myths, Buddhist and Jaina birth stories, as well as episodes from the adventures of young Krishna and the life of Prince Rama.

A Sanskrit Treasury pairs key excerpts from these texts with exquisite illustrations from the Bodleian Library’s rich manuscript collections. Each extract is presented in both English translation and Sanskrit in Devanagari script, and is accompanied by a commentary on the literature and related books and artworks. The collection is organized by geographical region and includes sections on the Himalayas, North India, Central and South India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, Central and East Asia, and the Middle East and Europe. A Sanskrit Treasury is the perfect introduction to the literature and manuscript art of South Asia, and beyond.
Contents
Foreword by amartya sen xi L ibrarian’s Preface xiv I ntroduction 1 D ramatis Personæ 27 N ote on Transliteration 35 1 Himalaya and Northwestern Regions 37 2 North India 67 3 Central and South India 123 4 Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia 151 5 Tibet, Central and East Asia 177 6 Middle East and Europe 211 N otes 247 R eferences 254 A cknowledgements 258 M anuscripts and printed books 259 T he Clay Sanskrit Library 262 I ndex of Extracts 265 G eneral Index 267
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