[INDOLOGY] manuscript losses – a query

John Brockington John.Brockington at btinternet.com
Wed Dec 16 15:23:01 UTC 2015

Dear colleagues,

I have been asked the question below, to which I cannot remember the 
answer either.  Does anyone else have a better memory (or the 
forethought to make a note of the reference) or is able to point us to 
equivalent information?  Any leads would be most welcome.

"I’m currently putting together a small presentation for a workshop on 
digitisation  . . . and, as is the way of things, trying to track down a 
reference for a piece I once read about the loss of manuscript 
collections in India since the Raghavan survey. I remember once reading 
some astonishing assertion of the percentage of manuscripts listed in 
that survey that were no longer extent but stupidly didn’t note the 
reference. I had thought it was in one of Dominik Wujastyk’s articles 
but have failed to find anything beyond more general comments about the 
19^th century being the point at which India had the richest manuscript 

Best wishes

John Brockington

Professor J.L. Brockington
Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit, University of Edinburgh
Vice President, International Association of Sanskrit Studies

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