colophon, explicit, incipit, post-colophon, etc. etc.

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 1 12:01:34 EDT 2010


It's all very confusing.

First question: am I right in believing that David Pingree introduced
the term "post-colophon" into Indian manuscript studies when he wrote
his catalogue of the Bodleian Chandra Shum Shere jyotiṣa collection?

Second: am I right that nobody outside Indological circles (and those
influenced by indologists in the last few decades) uses the term
"post-colophon"?

Finally, here's a grid of usages:

Key: Pingree (various catalogues, starting 1984)
Tripathi: C. Tripathi, Cat. of Jaina MSS at Strasbourg
Wikipedia: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colophon_%28publishing%29 and links.
X: no special term


Description            Pingree        Tripathi         Wikipedia (and
non-indologists)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Final verse
of text                       X                     X              explicit

iti...samāptam        colophon      colophon       X (or colophon?)

saṃvat phrase       post-            Scribal           colophon
                                colophon       Remarks

after saṃvat
phrase                    X                  post-             X
                                                      colophon

Pratapaditya Pal uses "post-colophon" in his 1978 Arts of Nepal book
(http://tinyurl.com/37n8f2z), in the same sense as Pingree.  Perhaps
that's where David got it?

Dominik



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