[INDOLOGY] History of Aufrecht's Catalogus Catalogorum

Walter Slaje walter.slaje at gmail.com
Sat Jun 27 11:25:56 UTC 2020

Let me perhaps add that the printing costs spent for Aufrecht's Catalogus
catalogorum of 8,673 Goldmark in the year 1891 approximates 58,000 Euros in
2020 if one adduces the buying power for comparison purposes.

Whatever the exact conversion ratio, it testifies to the high appreciation
shown for Aufrecht's cataloguing endeavours by the DMG at that time.


Am Fr., 26. Juni 2020 um 11:01 Uhr schrieb Walter Slaje <
walter.slaje at gmail.com>:

> The printing costs of Aufrecht's Catalogus Catalogorum (1891) were borne
> entirely by the DMG.
> Cp. Richard Pischel et al., "Die Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft
> 1845-1895". Leipzig 1895: pp. 9; 39f.
> Regards,
> WS
> Am Fr., 26. Juni 2020 um 10:28 Uhr schrieb Peter Wyzlic via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info>:
>> Dear Martin Gluckman,
>> The persons behind Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum were only one:
>> Aufrecht himself. Since his stay in Britain he collected as much published
>> catalogues, lists, reports and so on as he could find. And during his
>> lifetime, he contributed catalogues by himself: he catalogued the Sanskrit
>> manuscripts in the Bodleian in Oxford, the collections in Trinity College,
>> Dublin, a collection in Florence, Indic manuscripts in the Leipzig
>> University Library, and - posthumously published - the Sanskrit manuscripts
>> in the Bavarian State Library, Munich.
>> Concerning the sponsors behind the Catalogus Catalogorum beside the
>> institutions who paid Aufrecht’s salary: it can be that the German Oriental
>> Society (DMG) gave financial support, I guess. To know more you have to
>> delve into the DMG reports and, maybe, unpublished archival resources.
>> There is, furthermore, a still unpublished exchange of letters between
>> Aufrecht and Albrecht Weber who knew each other since the 1840s. According
>> to the Kalliope database there are 107 letters of Aufrecht to Weber stored
>> in the Berlin State Library (ranging from 1847 to 1888, URL: <
>> http://kalliope-verbund.info/DE-611-HS-1784593>).
>> After Aufrecht’s death, his library was taken over by Eugen Prym
>> (1843-1913) who was professor of Oriental languages in Bonn and a colleague
>> of Aufrecht there (but not an Indologist by himself). Prym’s widow donated
>> the library to Bonn University. So, the Prym library became the base of the
>> new department libraries of the Oriental Institute and the Indology
>> department in Bonn, after 1918.
>> Hope it helps,
>> Peter Wyzlic
>> Am 26.06.2020 um 01:24 schrieb Martin Gluckman via INDOLOGY <
>> indology at list.indology.info>:
>> Does anyone know where to find a decent history of Aufrecht's Catalogus
>> Catalogurum, when it was started and finished, sponsors, who worked on it
>> and so forth?
>> Besides: https://whowaswho-indology.info/354/aufrecht-simon-theodor/ (thanks
>> Dominik) I have yet to find much.
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