Sunday, April 27, 2008

"Strange Conjuncts" type resurfaces!


Holy smokes. I could barely believe my eyes! I opened one of the few South Asian language books at the Minneapolis Public Library, A Concise Elementary Grammar of the Sanskrit Language - and lo and behold, our favorite "strange conjuncts" mystery type shows up! So now my dears, feast your eyes on the beautiful forms! If anyone wants larger scans, or scans of all of the conjuncts, shoot me an email. AMAZING!!!

6 comments:

pdhunt said...

i noticed this one this week when starting in on my research for my dissertation, what really boggled me was those weird 'e' forms:ए ऐ. Loopy! (literally)

pdhunt said...

i think i've identified this type. It appears in Naik's Typography of Devanagari on page 301 where he lists it as "Schlegel's Devanagari Type cut in Germany in 1811" in reference to A.W. Von Schlegel. Notice that it also features the strange version of झ which is rarely used today (but sometimes preferred in Nepali typography).

Erin said...

Wow, oh my goodness!!!! Thanks so much!! How'd you find that book? Was it at the St. Bride library in London?

paul hunt said...

no, Fiona Ross has a copy that she kindly let me borrow for my research. i've been trying to track down a copy to buy online, but i think it's fairly impossible.

अहम ब्रह्मास्मि said...

i just bought 3 volume set, its available at Government Press, Pune, India

paul hunt said...

Is it still possible to purchase 'Typography of Devanagari' from the Government Press? If so, can you give us more information on how to get in contact with them so that those of us interested might order copies? Thanks!