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ASIATIC SOCIETY OF BENGAL
Asiatick researches; or, Transactions of the Society instituted in Bengal, for inquiring into the history and antiquities, the arts, sciences, and literature of Asia. ... Printed verbatim from the Calcutta edition.
London: printed by J. Swan and Co.; for J. Sewell; Vernor and Hood; J. Cuthell; J. Walker; A. Lea; Lackington, Allen, and Co.; Otridge and Son; R. Faulder; and J. Scatcherd, 1801--03.
7 vols ; 21.0 cm. (8º)
I: xvi, 483, [1] p., frontis. port., [25] pl.: illus., music, tables
II: [4], 497, [7] p., [6] pl. (2 fold.): illus., tables
III: [4], 496 p., [6] pl. (3 fold.), [1] fold. map, [1] plan, [2] fold. letterpress tables: illus., music, tables
IV: [5], viii--xxxv, [1], 436 p., [7] pl., [1] plan, [1] fold. letterpress table: tables
V: xi, [1], 428 p., [8] pl. (4 fold.), [1] fold. geneal. table: illus., tables
VI: vi, 606, [2] p., [14] pl. (2 fold.), [1] fold. plan: illus., tables
VII: viii, 508, [2] p., [17] pl. (13 fold.), II fold. hand-col. maps, 2 fold. letterpress tables

Printed on blue paper. Imprint varies. In total twenty volumes of the Asiatick Researches were published by Manuel Cantopher in Calcutta 1789--1839 (ESTC p6518), and reprinted in London 1799--1839 (ESTC t162631). Volumes I--VI were first published in London in a pirated reprint, 1799--1800 (ESTC n43265). Volume VII published 1803. Volume VI title has 'Enquiring'; vol. VII title has 'Asiatic'. Includes lists of members of the Society. The Asiatic Society of Bengal, founded by the renowned English jurist and orientalist Sir William Jones (1746--1794) in 1784 under the auspices of Governor-general Warren Hastings (1732--1818), served to kindle an 'orientalist renaissance' in Europe during the nineteenth century. By bringing Asian languages, literature, arts, and sciences to the attention of Europeans, the members of the Asiatic Society of Bengal helped to generate a host of comparative disciplines in the areas of philology, religion, mythology, folklore, law, and anthropology. Jones, an extraordinary linguist possessing knowledge of over forty languages, was among the first European scholars to recognize the common ancestry of Sanskrit with Greek, Latin, and other European languages. The frontispiece in vol. I is a portrait engraved of Sir William Jones engraved by William Ridley published in 1799. ESTC t162631.

Copy Notes Volume III has a loose slip inserted at page 295 with an ink drawing of amulet wings.

Binding C19th calf, sprinkled boards, gilt-ruled spines, red and black morocco spine-labels. Bound by Peter Low for 19s. 3d., 1806. (Spiers Box).

Reference Number 295


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