Philip Angel's Deex-Autaers
Stolte, Carolien [Hrsg./Übers.]:
Philip Angel's Deex-Autaers : Vaiṣṇava mythology from manuscript to book market in the context of the Dutch East India Company, c. 1600-1672 / Carolien Stolte. - New Delhi : Manohar 2012. - 335 S. : Ill. - (Dutch sources on South Asia, c. 1600-1825 ; 5)
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In 1658, a Dutch East India Company merchant by the name of Philip Angel presented a manuscript to Company Director Carel Hartsinck. It was intended to get into Hartsinck s good books: Angel had been recalled to the VOC headquarters at Batavia in disgrace for engaging in private trade and was to account for his actions in a hearing.
Back home in Holland, Philip Angel had been a painter and a published author. The manuscript ... recounts the well-known Puranic myths of the avataras of Vishnu. It conformed to all the contemporary conventions of an exotic manuscript and reflects his artistic skills. But Angel offered no details of how he acquired the manuscript, in what language, or who assisted him. This requires an investigation into the practices of information-gathering on Indian religious texts by important players of the time, ranging from Portuguese Jesuits to literati at the Mughal court. Finally, without acknowledgement of its author, Angel s manuscript ended up on the commercial European book market where it gained a conspicuous place within the corpus of seventeenth-century Dutch literature on the East.
Angels s almost forgotten manuscript is not only a superb example of Early Dutch Orientalism, it also stands in a long tradition of collecting, writing, borrowing and buying information on Indian religious. This fifth volume of Dutch Sources on South Asia consists of two parts. Part one traces the history of the manuscript and its maker, as well as the larger historical context in which it was assembled. The second part provides the reader with a transcription of the original manuscript and an annotated translation. [New Books in South Asian Studies]
Carolien Stolte is a PhD Candidate at the University of Leiden, Department of History. She is also an editor of Itinerario, International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction. She is currently working on a history of Pan-Asian thought in India in the inter-war period. Profile page.
- Philip Angel’s Deex-Autaers: Vaiṣṇava mythology from manuscript to book market in the context of the Dutch East India Company, c. 1600-1672. Dutch sources on South Asia, c. 1600-1825; 5. 335 S. (2012).
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