[INDOLOGY] New publication (ideal gift for your children and grandchildren!)

Camillo Formigatti camillo.formigatti at bodleian.ox.ac.uk
Sun Dec 24 18:54:11 UTC 2017

Dear Colleagues,

If you still don't know what present would be most appreciated by your children and grandchildren, I suggest you this volume, it has just been published and it's packed with suspense that no Harry Potter book can match (if they are interested in Indic manuscript cultures, of course). If you are not sure they'll like it, you can always download it first and have a read, it's fully Open Access:


Indic Manuscript Cultures through the Ages Material, Textual, and Historical Investigations
Ed. by Vergiani, Vincenzo / Cuneo, Daniele / Formigatti, Camillo Alessio
Series: Studies in Manuscript Cultures 14

This collection of essays explores the history of the book in pre-modern South Asia looking at the production, circulation, fruition and preservation of manuscripts in different areas and across time. Edited by the team of the Cambridge-based Sanskrit Manuscripts Project and including contributions of the researchers who collaborated with it, it covers a wide range of topics related to South Asian manuscript culture: from the material dimension (palaeography, layout, decoration) and the complicated interactions of manuscripts with printing in late medieval Tibet and in modern Tamil Nadu, to reading, writing, editing and educational practices, from manuscripts as sources for the study of religious, literary and intellectual traditions, to the creation of collections in medieval India and Cambodia (one major centre of the so-called Sanskrit cosmopolis), and the formation of the Cambridge collections in the colonial period. The contributions reflect the variety of idioms, literary genres, religious movements, and social actors (intellectuals, scribes, patrons) of ancient South Asia, as well as the variety of approaches, interests and specialisms of the authors, and their impassionate engagement with manuscripts.

Best wishes for the holidays,


Dr Camillo A. Formigatti
John Clay Sanskrit Librarian

Bodleian Libraries
The Weston Library
Broad Street, Oxford

Email: camillo.formigatti at bodleian.ox.ac.uk<mailto:camillo.formigatti at bodleian.ox.ac.uk>
Tel. (office): 01865 (2)77208

in Oxford University’s
Gardens, Libraries and Museums

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