[INDOLOGY] Skt vocabulary from the title pages and prefaces of Sanskrit editions

Alessandro Battistini alessandro.battistini at uniroma1.it
Mon Jan 30 19:52:25 UTC 2017

Dear All,

what an interesting thread! From a printed edition of Sūrya's
Rāmakṛṣṇavilomakāvya (Bombay, Veṅkaṭeśvara Press, 1882) I may add

āyasākṣarair mudritam = printed with metal types


Alessandro Battistini
Gonda fellow, IIAS Leiden

2017-01-30 19:45 GMT+01:00 Camillo Formigatti via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info>:

> Dear Matthew,
> Many thanks for pointing this out, even if it is an association alone, it
> still tells much about the process of the origin of printing and the
> rationale to coin (no pun intended) new terms.
> Best wishes,
> Camillo
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Matthew Kapstein [mkapstei at uchicago.edu]
> *Sent:* Monday, January 30, 2017 5:17 PM
> *To:* Madhav Deshpande; Camillo Formigatti
> *Cc:* Dominik Wujastyk; Indology
> *Subject:* RE: [INDOLOGY] Skt vocabulary from the title pages and
> prefaces of Sanskrit editions
> It may be worthwhile to recall the late Michel Strickman's argument that
> the origins of printing in
> medieval China and Central Asia may have derived in part from the
> importance of ensigillation, the
> application of seals, in Buddhist practice. So the association of the mudrā
> with printing may
> have long preceded modern usage. But it would have been an association
> alone -- in neither Chinese
> nor Tibetan do that actual terms for printing incorporate the terms for
> seals.
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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