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- DescriptionA key figure in the history of Benares (Varanasi), James Prinsep (1799-1840) was instrumental in expanding Western kwledge of Indian civilisation. After briefly studying under Pugin, he became an assay master in Calcutta in 1819, and soon moved to Benares. His talents were many, and within a few years he had completed a detailed map of the city, designed a new mint, engineered a system to improve sanitation and begun studying the inscriptions and coins that helped him to decipher two ancient scripts and to establish the dates of Indian dynasties. Collected in 1858 and edited by the numismatist Edward Thomas (1813-86), these essays are generously illustrated, often in Prinsep's hand, and display the ermous breadth of his kwledge. Volume 2 includes essays on coins and philology, with the extensive tables and lists of historical weights and measures, and explanations of Indian chrology.
- Author(s)James Prinsep
- PublisherCambridge Library Collection
- Date of Publication28/02/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleCambridge Library Collection - Perspectives from the Royal Asiatic Society
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note19 b/w illus.
- Weight780 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine35 mm
- Edited byEdward Thomas
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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