Mackenzie Collection: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Oriental Manuscripts and Other Articles Illustrative of the Literature, History, Statistics and Antiquities of the South of India Collected by the Late Lieut.-Col. Colin Mackenzie, Surveyor General of India, Volume 1

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Asiatic Press, 1828 - India, South
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Page xi - Much of the materials collected on this occasion were transmitted home in seven folio volumes, with general and provincial maps ; but it is proper to observe, that still more considerable materials for the history of the south are in reserve, not literally belonging to the Mysore survey, though springing from it.
Page ii - ... not admit of that undeviating attention which is so necessary to the success of any pursuit at all times, much more so to what must be extracted from the various languages, dialects, and characters of the peninsula of India. In particular, a knowledge of the native languages, so essentially requisite, could never be regularly cultivated, in consequence of the frequent changes and removals from province to province, from garrison to camp, and from one desultory duty to another.
Page x - ... was never analysed in the manner I proposed and expected in concert with the survey. The suspense I was placed in from the reduction of the slender stipend allotted to myself, both for my salary and to provide for increasing contingencies, was...
Page 205 - I observed that, whilst the fore feet of the camel were planted firmly in the ground, the hind ones appeared to have scarcely touched it, whence I guessed they were contracted by pain in the belly of the animal. The king, when he heard their explanations, was much struck by the sagacity of the parties, and, giving the merchant a sum of money to console him for the loss of the camel, he made these four persons his principal ministers.
Page 204 - ... thieves, and having stolen his beast, and immediately applied to the raja for redress. The raja, on hearing the merchant's story, was equally impressed with the belief that the travellers must know what had become of the camel, and, sending for them, he threatened them with his extreme displeasure if they did not confess the truth. How could they know, he demanded, the camel was lame or blind, that the tail was long or short, or that it was subject to any malady, unless they had it in their possession....
Page xi - Among various interesting subjects may be mentioned. 1. The Discovery of the Jain Religion and Philosophy and its distinction from that of the Boudh.
Page 205 - The second said, I noticed the leaves of the trees on the left side of the road had been snapped or torn off, whilst those on the right side were untouched, whence I concluded the animal was blind in his right eye. The third remarked, I saw a number of drops of blood on the road, which I conjectured had flowed from the bites of gnats and flies, and thence supposed the camel's tail was shorter than usual, in consequence of which he could not brush the insects away.
Page xxviii - Carnarese languages ; or, what is more probable, has its origin, in common with these, in, some antient tongue, which is now lost or only partially preserved in its offspring. In its more primitive words, such as the names of...
Page iv - ... was the first step of my introduction into the portal of Indian knowledge. Devoid of any knowledge of the languages myself, I owe to the happy genius of this individual the encouragement and the means of obtaining what I had so long sought.
Page lxiii - ... Krishna ; and thence the Karnatic extends to the sea ; and that the oldest race of Indians are to be found in but a narrow strip of this latter portion. We believe the following remarks to be new to the generality of readers, respecting the sculptures at Elephanta : — " The caverns in general are Saiva and Bauddha. There are a few Jain excavations at Ellora, but none at Elephanta or Keneri. There is no satisfactory clue to the date of any of these excavations ; but there is no reason to think...

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