A Question

Thrasher, Allen athr at LOC.GOV
Thu Jul 28 18:23:02 UTC 2011


There appear to be two publications translating the edicts into Sanskrit but not mentioning Smith, according to my library's online catalog:

LC control no.:       95909046 
Type of material:  Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal name:     Bhaṭṭa, Janārdana.
Main title:        Aśoqake dharmalekha [microform] / Janārdana Bhaṭṭa
                      ; bhūmikā lekhaka Narendradeva.
Edition:           1. saṃskaraṇa.
Published/Created: Kāśī : Jñanamaṇḍala Kāryālaya, 1980-  
Description:       v. <1   > ; 18 cm.
Summary:           Study with Prakrit text, Sanskrit translation and
                      grammatical interpretation of the inscriptions of edicts
                      issued by Asoka, King of Magadha, fl. 259 B.C.
Notes:             Master microform held by: ICRL.
                   Hindi, Prakrit, and Sanskrit.
Additional formats:
                   Microfilm. New Delhi : Library of Congress Office ; Chicago
                      : Available from Center for Research Libraries, 1995-  
                      .  On 1 microfilm reel with other items ; 35 mm. (SAMP
                      early 20th-century Indian books project ; item 21532).
Subjects:          Asoka, King of Magadha, fl. 259 B.C. 
                   Inscriptions, Prakrit.
                   Prakrit languages--Grammar.
Series:            SAMP early 20th-century Indian books project ; item 21532.
LC classification: Microfilm CSL-HIN-168 (P)
CALL NUMBER:       Microfilm CSL-HIN-168 (P) So Asia
                   Copy 1
-- Request in:     Asian Reading Room (Jefferson, LJ150)

LC control no.:       58015474 
Type of material:  Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal name:     Aśoka, King of Magadha, fl. 259 B.C. 
Main title:        Asoka's edicts, by Amulyachandra Sen. With a pref. by
                      Suniti Kumar Chatterji.
Published/Created: Calcutta, Published for the Institute of Indology by the
                     Indian Publicity Society [1956]
Related names:     Sen, Amulyachandra, ed.
Description:       xiv, 170 p. illus., maps. 26 cm.
Notes:             Text in Prakrit, Sanskrit, and English.
                   Bibliography: p. [xiii]-xiv.
Subjects:          India--History--Maurya dynasty, ca. 322 B.C.-ca. 185 B.C.
Series:            Institute of Indology series, no. 7
LC classification: DS451.5 .A23 1956
CALL NUMBER:       DS451.5 .A23 1956
                   Copy 1
-- Request in:     Jefferson or Adams Building Reading Rooms


I see a probable spelling error or two in the record which I will get corrected.

WorldCat shows a single copy of a second ed. of the first book, published Dilli, Pablikesansa Divizana, 1957, in a single volume. This is in Chicago.

However, it is possible what is offered is a Hindi translation of Smith, which someone has identified as Sanskrit from the Nagari script.  I cannot locate online a Hindi or Sanskrit translation of Smith, but Western libraries would not buy such a work and Indian libraries are not on OCLC/WorldCat yet, for the most part.

WWW.used.addall.com shows this title with a reference to Amazon.com, but with the additional information that it was from  Munshiram Manoharlal, being published in 1992.  Perhaps you could ask Munshiram < http://www.mrmlonline.com > if that is indeed what it was.


Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D.
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South Asia Team
Asian Division
Library of Congress
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