Sanskrit manuscripts, 15th-19th century, purchased in India for the administrators of the Max Mller Memorial Fund. They consist of copies of the Vedas, one of these is the earliest known dated copy of the Rigveda; and of the great epic poems styled Mahabharata and the Puranas. The rotographs in the collection are of manuscripts dating from the 11th to the 19th century.
Sanskrit manuscripts purchased in India for the administrators of the Max Mller Memorial Fund
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 161 MSS. Max Mller Memorial c. 1-33, d. 1-46, e. 1-11, f. 1; MSS. Max Mller Rotogr. 1-35
- Dates of Creation15th-20th century (the rotographs are of 11th-19th century manuscripts)
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialSanskrit.
- Physical Description126 shelfmarks
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Max Mller Memorial Fund was established by the friends of German orientalist Max Mller (1823-1900) for the encouragement of research into the history, languages and religion of ancient India.
Conditions Governing Access
Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk).
Purchased 1907-8, from a Brahmin pundit in Benares, by Professor Arthur Anthony Macdonell (1854-1930) for the administrators of the Max Mller Memorial Fund.
Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.
Other Finding Aids
T. Gambier-Parry A catalogue of the manuscripts purchased for the administrators of the Max Muller Memorial Fund (Oxford, 1922), lists 99 manuscripts.
T. Gambier-Parry A catalogue of photographs of Sanskrit manuscripts purchased for the administrators of the Max Muller Memorial Fund (Oxford, 1930), lists 60 Rotographs.