File 617 - Papers of John Bentley relating to Hindu astronomy

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Add. MS a/617


Papers of John Bentley relating to Hindu astronomy


  • [19th cent.] (Creation)

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(c 1756-1823)

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Author of A historical view of the Hindu astronomy : from the earliest dawn of that science in India to the present time. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1825. Formed a collection of Sanskrit manuscripts which passed to Dr Mill, and eventually passed to Trinity College Library, and catalogued by Th. Aufrecht as A Catalogue of Sanskrit Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. Cambridge: Deighton, Bell, & Co. and London: Bell & Daldy, 1869.

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Bentley's papers and collection of Sanskrit manuscripts passed to William Hodge Mill on his death.

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Acquired from William Hodge Mill's executors in 1858.

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Notes, manuscripts, and printed material related to astronomy and John Bentley's work on Hindu astronomy.

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See also: the Trinity College Library copy of XIII. On the antiquity of the Suryá Siddhánta, and the formation of the astronomical cycles therein contained [London, 1801], which has 39 pp. of notes by Bentley bound in at the back of the volume, consisting of astronomical tables and a section on Chinese astronomy, shelf mark Adv.b.1.8.
John Bentley's collection of Sanskrit manuscripts, which were acquired by Trinity College Library, were catalogued by Theodore Aufrecht as A Catalogue of Sanskrit Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. Cambridge and London, 1869.

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