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William Ward
1815 HISTORY Asian INDIA Hinduism RELIGION Literature HINDOO Occult WARD Baptist
Serampore: Mission Press, 1815. A View Of The History, Literature, And Religion Of The Hindoos: Including A Minute Description Of Their Manners And Customs, And Translations From Their Principal Works Two Vols, Complete. Ward, William. Serampore: Printed at the Mission Press, 1815-18. Second Edition. The author was a Baptist missionary in India for many years, dying of cholera at Serampore in 1823. A printer by trade, his primary task from his arrival in 1799 until 1818 was superintending the Baptist missionary press in Bengal, by means of which the scriptures, translated into Bengali, Mahratta, Tamil, and twenty-three other languages, were disseminated throughout India. From 1818 to 1821 he travelled in Great Britain, Germany and the United States to raise funds for the Baptist college at Serampore. The present authoritative work was first published at Serampore in 1811; this is the second, and best, edition, expanded from the first. Although Ward did not mince his words in his condemnation of 'Hindoo idolatry', he did comment favorably on the literary and philological achievements of Hindu scholars, and in later versions modified somewhat the harshness of his strictures on Hinduism. Despite some serious inaccuracies, Ward's work remains without parallel as a detailed account by a European observer of Hindu society and religion in early nineteenth-century Bengal. An appealing set of this important and uncommon early work of South Asian anthropology. Original quarto sized volumes, beautifully printed with large margins and attractive typesets from the Serampore Mission Pres … [Click Below for Full Description]
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