Catalogue of Jain Manuscripts of British Library Volume I

Published jointly by the British Library and the Institute of Jainology. The Catalogue consists of Three Volumes.

The project to create the catalogue was undertaken by the Institute of Jainology at the instigation of British
Library in 1991.

This is the first time that Jain manuscripts preserved in the British Library and the holdings of the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum have been catalogued in a thorough and systematic manner. The work was initiated by Professor Candrabhal Tripathi, but after his untimely death, Professor Nalini Balbir, of Sorbonne University, Paris, took on this project and worked at it for more than 10 years, ably assisted by Kanhaiyalal and Kalpana Sheth, both from Ahmedabad.

The scope of the catalogue extends from the Jain manuscripts in the Oriental Collection of the British Library to those in the India Office Library. This catalogue sheds light on 1083 manuscripts in 1425 entries. It is hoped that the catalogue will act as a springboard for the renewed academic study of Jainism.

The international launch of this catalogue took place on 15th May 2007 at Buckingham Palace, London in the presence of H R H The Duke of Edinburgh.

Nalini Balbir, Kanhaiyalal Sheth, Kalpana Sheth and C.B Tripathi
Publication Type
Academics and Students
Publication Date
The British Library & The Institute of Jainology
Set of Three Volumes
Institute of Jainology books & For academics and students
The Institute of Jainology
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  • Contents of Volume II
  • Contents of Volume III
  • List of plates
  • Blessings
  • Acknowledgements
    • Institutional Donors &Contributors
    • Individual Donors &Contributors
    • Institute Of Jainology Coordination Team
  • Foreword by Pujya Muniraj Shri Jambuvijayaji Maharaj
  • Foreword by Chairman of the British Library Board
  • Authors' Acknowledgements
  • Author's Preface
  • Bibliography
    • Previous lists or catalogues of the British Library Jain manuscripts
    • Other catalogues of manuscripts, lists, praśastis
    • Other main sources (in alphabetical order)
  • Abbreviations
  • Symbols
  • Introduction
  • Prolegomenon: On the term "Jain Manuscript"
  • I Collections, Users, Catalogues
    • The India Office collections
    • The Oriental Collections
    • Jain manuscripts of the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum
    • Users of the collections
  • Manuscripts and scholars: alphabetical index
  • Recapitulative table
  • Comparative table: Towards an Inventory of Jain Manuscripts in Europe
  • II The Manuscripts: The Present Catalogue
    • Organization of the catalogue - List of entries
    • Structure and contents of an entry
    • The Manuscripts
    • Material
    • Format
    • Script
    • Language
    • Foliation
    • Size of folios
    • Illustrated manuscripts
    • Scribal Remark
    • Language
    • Date
    • Geographical information
    • Religious and social information
    • Scribal maxims
  • Classified List of Entries
    • Śvetāmbara literature
    • Digambara literature
    • Belles-lettres and Śāstric disciplines
    • A Vijnaptipatra in the Oriental collections
  • Description of Composite Manuscripts or Codices
  • A - Composite Manuscripts
    • Two texts
    • Three texts
    • Four texts
    • Five texts
    • Six texts
    • Eight texts
    • Ten texts and more
  • B - Collective Manuscripts or Codices
  • C - Main Texts with Supplements
  • Appendices
    • 1 - Selected Scribal Remarks
      • Two ordinary instances
      • A Kalpasūtra manuscript in silver letters, Nālhā, a lay follower of Jinabhadrasūri
      • A piously active family
      • A brotherly undertaking: uniting efforts for the best way of spending money
      • Focus on a lady
      • A lady's initiative
      • A layman's affair
      • Monks as scribe and painter
      • Monastic collaboration
      • Among Sthānakvāsīs
      • A Śvetāmbara author, a Digambara monk as the copyist
      • A Digambara layman's reading
      • The manuscript as an object of financial transaction
      • From copying to the library
      • Interconnected manuscripts
      • Father and sons as collectors of manuscripts
    • 2 - Alphabetical Index of Scribal Maxims
    • 3 - List of Dated Manuscripts
      • 1. Vikrama era
      • 2. Vikrama era and Śāka era
      • 3. Dates in South Indian manuscripts
    • 4 – Chronograms
      • 1. List in chronological order
      • 2. Numerical significations of individual words
      • 3. Words used to express particular numbers.
    • 5 - List of Illustrated Manuscripts
      • 1. With one or several miniatures
      • Kalpasūtra manuscripts
      • Uttarādhyayana manuscripts
      • Cosmological texts
      • Narratives
      • Other texts (mostly one or two illustrations
      • Vijnaptipatra
      • 2. With ornamental designs (citrapṛṣṭhikā
      • 3 Images on CD
    • Indexes
      • Titles of works described
      • Authors of works described
      • Names of persons in Scribal Remarks
      • Names of social and religious groups in Scribal Remarks
      • Toponyms in Scribal Remarks
    • Concordances
      • Concordance of shelfmarks with catalogue numbers
      • List of manuscripts in individual collections
      • India Office
      • Oriental collections
      • British Museum
      • Victoria and Albert Museum

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