History of Chemistry in Ancient and Medieval India. Incorporating the History of Hindu Chemistry. Acharya Prafulla Chandra RAY, P. Ray.

History of Chemistry in Ancient and Medieval India. Incorporating the History of Hindu Chemistry.

Calcutta, India: Indian Chemical Society, 1956. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Large octavo. xix, (ii), map, 494pp. Black textured cloth with gilt title, etc. to spine, b&w illustrations, fold-out, indexes. The first edition of this history of Hindu chemistry, from prehistory to the early 1800s, with appendicies of Sanskrit and Tibetan texts. Chapter headings: PREHISTORIC INDIA; Pre-Harappan Period; Indus Valley Civilization; VEDIC AND AYURVEDIC PERIOD; Vedic Period; The Constitution and Properties of Matter: Atomic Theory; Chemistry in Kautilya; Chemistry In The Charaka And The Susruta; Chemistry in the Bower Manuscript; Chemistry in the Vagbhata; Chemistry ion Practical Arts; TRANSITIONAL PERIOD: Vrinda and Chakrapani; TANTRIC PERIOD: A General Survey; Rasaratnakara of Nagarjuna; Chemistry in Rasarnava; Chemistry in Sarvesvararasayana; Chemistry in Dhatuvada; Chemistry in Rasahridaya of Bhikshu Govinda; Chemistry in Kakachanesvarinata Tantra; Chemistry in Rasendrachudamoni of Somadeva; Chemistry in Rasaprakasasudhakara of Yosodhara; Chemistry in Rasachintamani of Madanantadeva; Chemistry in Rasakalpa; IATROCHEMICAL PERIOD: A General Survey; Chemistry in Rasaratnasamuchchaya; Other Treatise; Notes of the Minerals, Gems, Salts etc; CHEMISTRY IN PRACTICAL ARTS (II): Metallurgy and working of Metals; Gun powder, Saltpetre, The Mineral Acids, Alum; Paper, Ink, Soap, Cosmetics etc; Conclusion:- Decline of Scientific Spirit in India; APPENDIX: The Physicochemical Theories of the Ancient Hindus; SANSKRIT TEXTS; TIBETAN TEXTS. Scattered light marks to rear board, corners and spine ends lightly bruised and rubbed, page edges darkened, front endpapers a bit discoloured. Overall a tight, unmarked VG+ copy in VG dust jacket (Dust jacket spine darkened, a bit chafed and chipped at corners and spine ends, small chip at mid-spine, not clipped). Item #63079

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