“But all for science!” – Theodor Aufrecht in the Light of His Correspondence as Cataloguer of the Leipzig Sanskrit Manuscripts

Von Anett Krause

One of the most important cataloguers of Sanskrit manuscripts in the 19th century was Theodor Aufrecht (1821–1907), professor of Sanskrit and comparative linguistics at the University of Bonn. Among other essential catalogues, he compiled the monumental three-volume “Catalogus Catalogorum”.1 There he listed all the Sanskrit manuscripts known in Europe and India at that time by author and title, thus facilitating access to the manuscripts for Indological research. In this article I give an insight into his work on the catalogue of the Leipzig Sanskrit manuscripts2 based on a selection of his correspondence available so far.

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  1. Aufrecht 1891–1903. []
  2. Aufrecht 1901. With the statement “But all for science!” in German “Indessen alles für die Wissenschaft!” Aufrecht refers to the work on the Leipzig manuscripts for which he did not receive any payment. Aufrecht to Windisch, 23 March 1896, LUA, NA Windisch 2.13.12. []
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