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Alberuni's India : an account of the religion, philosophy, literature, geography, chronology, astronomy, customs, laws and astrology of India, about A.D. 1030

464 pages
M^ORIENTAL SERIES.TRUBNER'Sthe at of Oriental"A of commonplace, least, literature, philo-knowledgeto the reader of theis asand necessary general present daysophy, religionthe Latin and Greek classics was a or soas an with generationacquaintancemade within the in thesehave beenImmense strides present centuryago.has been within the of accurateSanskrit brought rangebranches of learning;invaluable ancient literature theand its thoroughly investigated ;philology,Zoroastrians have been laid baresacred books of the ;and Egyptian,languageof the remote have been and aand other records past deciphered,Assyrian,more recondite Accadian and Hittite monu-of stillof scholarsgroup speakof all the that has been devoted to thesebut the results scholarshipments ;almost inaccessible to the because were con-have been public theysubjectsin learned or or scatteredthe most works,tained for part expensive through-scientific Messrs. Trubner & in athe numbers of Co., spiritout periodicals.infinite have determined to thewhich does them credit,of supplyenterpriseand to in a at awant, give popular, or, least, compre-constantly-increasingto the world."—Times.all this mass ofhensive knowledgeform,—xxxii. with 21s.748, cloth,Second Edition, post 8vo, pp. Map, priceINDIAN EMPIRE :THEAND PRODUCTS.ITS PEOPLE, HISTORY,Hon. Sir W. W. HUNTEK, K.C.S.I., C.S.I.,the CLE., LL.D.,ByMember of the Viceroy's Legislative Council,Statistics to the Government ofDirector-General of India.to and ...
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M^ ORIENTAL SERIES.TRUBNER'S the at of Oriental"A of commonplace, least, literature, philo-knowledge to the reader of theis asand necessary general present daysophy, religion the Latin and Greek classics was a or soas an with generationacquaintance made within the in thesehave beenImmense strides present centuryago. has been within the of accurateSanskrit brought rangebranches of learning; invaluable ancient literature theand its thoroughly investigated ;philology, Zoroastrians have been laid baresacred books of the ;and Egyptian,language of the remote have been and aand other records past deciphered,Assyrian, more recondite Accadian and Hittite monu-of stillof scholarsgroup speak of all the that has been devoted to thesebut the results scholarshipments ; almost inaccessible to the because were con-have been public theysubjects in learned or or scatteredthe most works,tained for part expensive through- scientific Messrs. Trubner & in athe numbers of Co., spiritout periodicals. infinite have determined to thewhich does them credit,of supplyenterprise and to in a at awant, give popular, or, least, compre-constantly-increasing to the world."—Times.all this mass ofhensive knowledgeform, —xxxii. with 21s.748, cloth,Second Edition, post 8vo, pp. Map, price INDIAN EMPIRE :THE AND PRODUCTS.ITS PEOPLE, HISTORY, Hon. Sir W. W. HUNTEK, K.C.S.I., C.S.I.,the CLE., LL.D.,By Member of the Viceroy's Legislative Council, Statistics to the Government ofDirector-General of India. to and theRevised date,a Edition, brought up incorporating generalBeing of 1881.results of the Census " and is a marvellous combination ofa volume of more thanIt forms 700 pages, It a account of the Indianand research. gives completecondensationliterary and forms the outcome ofits and worthyhistory, peoples, products,Empire, for that labourof labour with opportunities renderingseventeen years exceptional lucid than Sir William Hunter's of thecould be more expositionsfruitful. Nothing India at the or moreand condition of present time,economic interestingpolitical of the The Times.of the India past."—than his historyscholarly TRUBNER'S ORIENTAL SERIES. APPEARED:—WORKS HAVE ALREADYTHE FOLLOWING — xvi. 16s.Third cloth, 428, priceEdition, post 8vo, pp. ESSAYS ON THE SACRED LANGUAGE, WRITINGS, OF THE PARSIS.AND RELIGION By MARTIN Ph.D.,HAUG, of and BonnLate of the Universities Tubingen, Gottingen, ; Superintendent and Professor of Sanskrit in the Poonaof Sanskrit College.Studies, by E. WEST.Edited and Enlarged Dr. "VV. Memoir of the late Dr. HadgTo which is added a Biographical Prof. E. P. Evans.by into the Sacred and ofof the Researches theI. History "Writings Religion Times down to thefrom the Earliest Present.Parsis, of the ParsiII. Scriptures.Languages the of theThe or Parsis.III. Zend-Avesta, Scripture as to its andThe ZoroastrianIV. Religion, Origin Development. " and of theon the Sacred the'Essays Language, Writings, Religion Parsis,' by E. W. West. The authorMartin edited Dr. on his returnlate Dr. Hang, by intended, contained into the materials this work into afrom India, expand comprehensive but the wasof the Zoroastrian frustrated hisaccount religion, design by untimely and readable aWe in a concise of the researchesdeath. have, however, form, history and of the Parsis from thethe sacred earliest times down tointo writings religion — ofa dissertation on the the Parsi a translationthe languages Scriptures,present of thethe or the Parsis, and a dissertation on the Zoroas-of Zend-Avesta, Scripture its —with reference to and Times.trian especial origin development."religion, —Post viii. 6d.8vo, cloth, pp. 176, 7s.price FROM THE BUDDHISTTEXTS CANON "KNOWN AS DHAMMAPADA."COMMONLY With Narratives.Accompanying Chinese S. Professor ofTranslated from the BEAL,by B.A., Chinese, London.University College, as hitherto known the Pali Text asThe editedDhammapada, by Edition, Midler's andMax Albrecht Weber's GermanFausboll, by English,by of orconsists whilst thetranslations, only twenty-six chapters sections, rather as nowChinese or translated Mr. con-version, recension, by Beal, The students ofsists of sections. Pali who Fausboll'sthirty-nine possess the above-namedor either of will therefore needs wanttext, translations, of theMr. Beal's Chinese version the thirteen above-English rendering ; sections notnamed additional accessible to them in other formbeing any ; even if understand the Chinese would be un-for, they Chinese, original obtainable them.by "Mr. Beal's of the Chinese translation is a most valuable aid to therendering critical of the work. It contains authentic texts from ancientstudy gathered canonical and connected with some incident in the ofbooks, generally history Buddha. Their consists in the which throwgreat interest, however, light they upon life in India at the remote at which were andeveryday period they written, the method of the founder of the The methodteaching adopted by religion. was and the of the tales and the excellenceemployed principally parable, simplicity as well asof the morals the hold which have retainedinculcated, strange they upon of millions of —the minds make them a remarkable Times.people, very study." " it accessible inMr. Beal, making an has added to the ser-by English dress, great rendered to the —viceshe has already ofcomparativestudy religious history." Academy." theValuable as exhibiting doctrine of the Buddhists in its least adul-purest, it themodernreaderterated form, face to face with that creed andbrings simple rule whichwon its overtheof conduct way minds of and which is nowmyriads, nominally who have overlaidmillions, its austere with innumerableprofessed by 145 simplicity itsceremonies, maxims, perverted its and so inverted itsforgotten teaching, leading that a religion whose founder denied a now that asprinciple God, founderworships—himself." Scotsman.a god TRUBNER'S ORIENTAL SERIES. —Second xxiv.Edition, post 8vo, cloth, pp. 360, 10s. 6d.price THE HISTORY OF INDIAN LITERATURE. By ALBRECHT WEBER. from the Second German EditionTranslated John andby Mann, M.A., with theTheodor sanction of the Author.Zachariae, Ph.D., —Dr. of Schools in writes: "When IBtJHLER, Inspector India, was Pro- fessor of Oriental in ILanguages Elphinstone College, felt thefrequently want of such a work to which I could refer the students." —Professor Co of writes : "It will bewell, Cambridge, usefulespecially to the students in our Indian and universities. I usedcolleges to forlong such a book when I was in Calcutta. Hindu students areteaching intensely interested in the of Sanskrit and this volume willhistory literature, supply them with all want on thethey subject." —Professor YaleWhitney, writes :College, Newhaven, Conn., U.S.A.," I was one of the class to whom the work was in the formoriginally given of academic At their firstlectures. were far the mostappearance they by learned and able treatment of their ; and with their recent additionssubject thestill maintain same rank."they decidedly " most and lucidIs the comprehensive of Sanskrit literatureperhaps survey contained in the volume wereextant. The delivered asessays originally academic of their first wereand at the time to be farlectures, publication acknowledged by of thethe most learned and able treatment have now beensubject. They brought—to date the addition of all the most results of recentup by important research." Times. —Post xii. Two8vo, cloth, pp. 198, accompanied by Language 6d.Maps, price 7s. OFA SKETCH OF THETHE MODERN LANGUAGES EAST INDIES. By ROBERT N. CUST. The Author has to fill a thevacuum, inconvenience ofattempted up which itself on his notice. Much had been written about thepressed of the East but the extent of our hadlanguages Indies, present knowledge not even been It occurred to him thatto a focus. it be ofbrought might to others touse in an form the notes which he had collectedpublish arranged hisfor own edification. " —a which has been felt." Times.Supplies deficiency long" The book before us is then a valuable contribution to science. Itphilological under review a vast number of and it or to inpasses languages, gives, professes give, andcase the sum and substance of the of the best-informedevery opinions judgments— writers." Review.Saturday —Second Corrected xii. 116,Edition, post 8vo, pp. cloth, price 5s. THE BIRTH OF THE WAR-GOD. A Poem. By KALIDASA. Translated from the Sanskrit into VerseEnglish by T. M.A.Ralph H. Griffith, "A of the which was firstKumarasambhava,very spirited rendering published are to see made once more —and which we accessible."twenty-six years ago, glad Times. " Mr. Griffith's is well known to most who are at allvery spirited rendering interested in Indian or the tenderness of and richliterature, creativeenjoy feeling—of itsimagination author." Indian Antiquary. "We are to welcome a second edition of Professor Griffith's admirablevery glad —translation. better."Few translations deserve a second edition Ath.enmum. TRUBNER'S ORIENTAL SERIES. 16s.Post 8vo, pp. 432, cloth, price DICTIONARY OF HINDU MYTHOLOGYA CLASSICAL ANDAND RELIGION, GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, LITERATURE. By JOHN DOWSON, M.R.A.S., of StaffLate Professor College.Hindustani, " book of reference to students of IndianThis not forms anonly indispensable as it in a concise andbut is also of interest, gives easily-literature, great general be known about the of Hinduaccessible form all that need mythologypersonages so little is known outside the limitedwhose names are so but of whomfamiliar,—circle of savants." 'Times. " such are treated and in a moderateIt is no when fairly fullyslight gain subjects the few wants which we to seeand we need add that may hope supplied ; onlyspace from the excellence of Mr. Dowson's work."in new editions detract but little general — Review.Saturday —View of cxii.Post with Mecca, 172, cloth, price 9s.8vo, pp. SELECTIONS FROM THE KORAN. By EDWARD WILLIAM LANE, "" Translator of The Thousand and One &c.Nights ; &c, Revised and with an IntroductionA New Enlarged,Edition, by Stanley Lane Poole. esteemed in this as the of one of the"... 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An introduction to —agreeable Hindu Times.poetrv." A volume which be taken asmay a fair illustration alike of the religious and moral sentiments and of the lore of the bestlegendary Sanskrit writers."— Edinburgh Daily Review. TRUBNER'S ORIENTAL SERIES. —Second xxvi. 10s. 6d.244, cloth,Edition, post 8vo, pp. price THE GULISTAN; ROSEGARDEN SADI OFOF SHEKH MUSHLIU'D-DIN SHIEAZ.Or, Translated and with anfor the First Time into Prose Verse, Introductory Atishand a Life of the from thePreface, Author, Kadah, By EDWARD B. M.R.A.S.C.B., M.A., F.R.S.,EASTWICK, " —It is a fair of Times.thevery rendering original." " The new edition has been and will be welcomed all who takelong desired, by interest in Oriental The Gulistan is a Persian verse-book of theany poetry. typical order. Mr. Eastwick's translation . . . has established itself inhighest rhymed long —a secure as the best version of Sadi's finest work."position Academy. " is —It both and executed." Tablet.faithfully gracefully — —In Two viii. and viii. 28s.Volumes, post 8vo, pp. 408 348, cloth, price MISCELLANEOUS ESSAYS KELATING TO INDIAN SUBJECTS. By BRIAN HOUGHTON HODGSON, Esq., F.R.S., of the of InstituteLate Civil Service Member the ; ChevalierBengal ; Corresponding of the ofHonour late British Minister at the Court of &c.Legion ; Nepal, &c, CONTENTS OF VOL. I. — — —Section I. On the and Dhiinal Tribes. Part I. Vocabulary.Kocch, Bodo,—Part II. Grammar. Part III. Their Numbers, Creed, Customs,Origin, Location, dwellCharacter, and with a General of the Climate they in.Condition, Description— Appendix. —Section II. On I. of the Lan-Himalayan Comparative VocabularyEthnology.— —of the Broken Tribes of II. of the Dialects of the Kiiantiguages Nepal. Vocabulary —III. Grammatical of the The Grammar.Language. Analysis Language. VayuVayu—IV. of the Dialect of the The Gram-Kiranti BillingAnalysis Balling —mar.—V. On the or VI. On tae KirantiTribe of the Central Himalaya.Vayu Hayu Tribe of the Central Himalaya. CONTENTS OF VOL. II. —Section III. On the of North-Eastern India. Comparative VocabularyAborigines ofthe and Garo Tibetan, Bodd, Tongues. —Section IV. of the Frontier.Aborigines — V. Frontier.of the Eastern — with the Hima-Section VI. The Indo-Chinese and their connectionBorderers, inand Tibetans. of Indo-Chinese Borderers Arakan.layans Comparative Vccabulaiy of Indo-Chinese Borderers in Tenasserim.Comparative Vocabulary Section and Ana-VII.—The Affinities of the Caucasians.—ComparisonMongolian of andlysis Caucasian Words. —Section VIII. ofTibetans.Physical Type — — IX. The of India. of theCentral Comparative VocabularyAborigines — —of the Eastern Gbats. Vocabu-Aboriginal of Central India. AboriginesLanguages ofsome of the Dialects of Hill and Tribes in the Northern Sircars.lary the Wandering— — toof the on their Affinities. the-Aborigines with Remarks SupplementNilgiris,— India andVocabularies. The of Southern Ceylon.Nilgirian Aborigines— on the Water-Section X. Route of Mission to with RemarksNepalese Pekin, Shed and Plateau of Tibet. inSection XL— the of toRoute from Capital Nepal, DarjeelingKathmandu,—Sikim. Memorandum the ofrelative to Seven Cosis Nepal. — and as inSection XII. Some Accounts of the of Law Police recognisedSystems the State of Nepal. denominatedSection XIII.—The Native Method of the Hindustan,making Paper Nepalese. AnsweredSection XIV.—Pre-eminence of the Vernaculars the ; ; or, Anglicists Letters on the Education of the of India.Being People " 'Miscellane-For the of the less-known races of India Mr. Brian Hodgson'sstudy ' and theous will be found valuable both to the ethnologist."Essays very philologist TRUBNER'S ORIENTAL SERIES. 268 and viii.—Third Two viii.— 326, cloth,Edition, Vols., post 8vo, pp. 21s.price THE LIFE OR LEGEND OF GAUDAMA, THE BUDDHA OF THE BURMESE. With Annotations. Burmese Monks.The to and Notice on the orNeibban, PhongyiesWays the Eight Rev. P.By BIGANDET, of Vicar- of Ava and Pegu.Bishop Ramatha, Apostolic "The work is furnished with wnich not illustrate the subject-copious notes, only —but form a of Buddhist lore." Times.matter, perfect encyclopaedia of Buddhism with amost valuable"Awork which will furnish studentsEuropean — Review.in the of their Edinburgh Dailyhelp prosecution investigations." " —invaluable work." IndianBishop Bigandet's Antiquary. "Viewed in this its is sufficient to students of theplace subjectlight, importance—its author." Calcutta Review.under a todeep obligation —Dublin Review."This work is one of the authorities Buddhism."greatest upon —Post xxiv. 18s.8vo, 420, cloth, pricepp. BUDDHISM.CHINESE A VOLUME OF HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL.SKETCHES, By J. 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By ROBERT NEEDHAM CUST, Late Member of Her Indian Civil Service Hon. to; SecretaryMajesty's the AsiaticRoyal Society ; "and Author of The Modern of the East Indies."Languages "We know none who has described Indian the life of thelife, especially natives, —with so much and talent."learning, sympathy, literary Academy. " seem to us tobe full of and remarks."—St. James's Gazette.They suggestive original " His book contains a vast amount of information. The result of thirty-five years asof and and that on as full of fascinationinquiry, reflection, speculation, subjects for —of food Tablet.thought." " Exhibit of Indiasuch a with the andthorough acquaintance history antiquities —as to entitle him to as one Review.speak having authority." Edinburgh Daily " The author It is thiswith the ofspeaks authority personal experience constant association with the and the which such a vividnesscountry people gives—to of the Athenceum.many pages."