SI Mss. Libraries II

Juergen Neuss jneuss at ZEDAT.FU-BERLIN.DE
Fri May 22 15:08:31 UTC 1998

Dear Indologists,
first of all I want to express my gratitude for the suggestions I
received regarding my earlier message. However the suggestions made were
rather frustrating as it seems that there is no way of obtaining mss.
from both libraries via mail. However I have had good experiences with
other libraries like Adyar in Madras, BORI in Poona or Asiatic Society
in Calcutta, to name a few. Hence my somewhat naive request to you.
        Some of you suggested that I should visit the libraries equipped with a
good 35 mm camera and b/w films. Although this is a good way of
documenting mss. I have been experimenting with colour slides as well,
which can be scanned with a photo-scanner and thereafter be processed
with programs like PaintShop etc. I have done this with paper and
palmleaf mss. and the results were very good, as you can also have a
coloured reproduction of the mss., which is sometimes helpful for a
detailed description of mss. (For instance if you have red lines in the
margin). Enlargement of difficult passages is also no problem. To put it
briefly: there are certain advantages which anyone who has some
expierence with mss. can easily imagine.
Thanks for reading and kind regards.
jneuss at

Juergen Neuss

Freie Universitaet Berlin

Institut für Indische Philologie und Kunstgeschichte

Königin-Luise-Str. 34a

14195 Berlin

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