[INDOLOGY] Orientation of text in sanskrit printed book

Tyler Williams tylerwwilliams at gmail.com
Tue May 26 18:43:19 EDT 2020


P.S. Tibetan communities had been block printing this type of 'book' for
quite some time before lithography arrived in South Asia; xylography began
to flourish in Tibet in the 15th century (see Michela Clemente, "From
Manuscript to Block Printing: In the Search of Stylistic Models for the
Identification of Tibetan Xylographs," Rivista degli studi orientali Nuova
Serie 84 no. 1/4 (2011), 51-66.)

On Tue, May 26, 2020 at 5:36 PM Tyler Williams <tylerwwilliams at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Dear Harry,
>
> This format was fairly common in the nineteenth century, especially after
> the introduction of lithography made it possible to recreate the 'look' of
> a manuscript page. Ulrike Stark has written a bit on this (see *Empire of
> Books*) as has Graham Shaw ("The Introduction of Lithography and its
> Impact on Book Design in India"). Shaw characterizes lithography as making
> possible the "mass production" of manuscripts. I think there are some other
> things to be said about that but certainly some communities did see
> lithography as a way to mass produce copies of sectarian works in the form
> with which they were familiar.
>
> All best,
> Tyler
>
>
> On Tue, May 26, 2020 at 4:38 PM Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>
>> Dear list members,
>>
>> Attached is a picture from the on-line guided lessons for Maurer's "The
>> Sanskrit Language".   It shows a  book with  text  oriented in the book 90
>> degrees different from the normal orientation in most western books.  I've
>> seen this orienttion in some small devanagari chanting books.  I'm curious
>> how common this orientation is, if it is only used for chanting books or if
>> it is a feature of certain publishers or any other information.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Harry Spier
>>
>>
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