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Louis Finot
FINOT, Louis.

FINOT, Louis.
(1864 - 1935)

(Born: 1864; Died: 1935) French oriental scholar.

Educated in Paris, Finot came onto the staff of the Bibliotheque Nationale in 1890. He specialized in the study of Indian languages, archeology, ethnology. In 1917 he became the Director of Studies at the …cole Pratique des Hautes …tudes.

Biographical references: ABF: II 263, 44-45. DBF: 13, 1378. WBI.

1. French, 1896.
Les | Lapidaires Indiens | Par | Louis Finot | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | [ornament] | Paris | Librairie …mile Bouillon, …diteur | 67, Rue De Richelieu, Au Premier | [short rule] | 1896.

8į: [8], [I]-LII, [4], [1]-280 p. Page size: 240 x 160 mm. uncut.

Contents: [2 pgs], Half title page, verso "Chalon-Sur-Saone, Imp FranÁaise Et Orientale De L. Marceau.".; [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [2 pgs], Series title page, verso blank.; [1 pg], Note of award to Finot.; [1 pg], Blank.; [I]-LII, "Introduction."; [1 pg], "Abreviations."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1 pg], "Bibliographie."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-207, Text.; [208], Blank.; [209]-244, "Variantes Et Notes."; [245]-273, "Indices."; [274], Blank.; [275]-277, "Additions Et Corrections."; [278], Blank.; [289]-280, "Table Des MatiŤres."

Very scarce. This is a study of ancient Indian lapidaries reproduced in Sanskrit together with copiously annotated parallel translations in French. The lengthy introduction provides a history of lapidary tradition in ancient India and compares the various works against each other. This is followed by the reproduction and translations of the ancent texts: Ratnapariks‚ of Buddhabhatta, Brhatsamhit‚ of Var‚hamihira, Agastimata, Navaratnapariks‚, Agastiy‚ Ratnapariks‚, Ratnasamgraha, Laghu-Ratnapariks‚, and the Manim‚h‚tmya. Many pages of textual notes and comprehensive indexes conclude the book.

Facsimile reprint, 1986: Paris, Adidom, 1986.

Bibliographical references: Biswas, Gems and Minerals in Ancient India, 1997: ????. Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993: no. 2107.

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