Dipavamsa und Mahavamsa und die geschichtliche uberlieferung in Ceylon.
Leipzig A. Deichert 1905
First edition, pp.viii, 146. Bound in contemporary cloth. Foot of spine snagged. Original front wrapper bound in.
Wilhelm Geiger, 1856-1943, studied Oriental languages under Friedrich von Spiegel at the University of Erlangen and became the first German Pali scholar. He first went to Ceylon in 1895 to study Sinhalese, and to settle the question of whether it was an Aryan language. In 1897 he published a treatise on the language of the Rohiyās in Ceylon, and in 1898 the first edition of his etymological glossary of the Sinhalese. His translation of the "Great Chronicle" (Mahāvamsa) was published between 1908 and 1930. He contributed to our knowledge of Pāli literature with his investigations into the sources and development of the Pāli chronicles in his book "Dīpavamsa und Mahāvamsa und die geschichtliche Überlieferung in Ceylon", 1905, which was translated into English by Ethel M. Coomaraswamy: "The Dīpavamsa and Mahāvamsa and their historical development in Ceylon".