tradition of the SaÅhitas enshrines the most ancient millenarian
concepts, forms, doctrines and images of the living and of the divine
of the Indian people in particular, and of the entire Western Indo-European
thought and creativity through the common roots of linguistic expression.
Vedic studies carried out by Western scholarship in the 19th century
thus acquire a historic importance in our century when biospheres
of our inheritance are being threatened by the technospheres of our
In 1931 Prof. Louis Renou brought out his Bibliographie Vedique to
furnish a more or less complete list of all publications in the domain
of Vedic studies. The term Vedic comprises SaÅhita, Brahmana,
Upanisad, Sutra and all the dependent texts. He tried to make it relatively
complete depending on the library resources of Paris, the researches
of Prof. W. Wust of Munich, the Orientalische Bibliographie, and the
catalogues of the British Museum which used to get most of the Indian
publications under the Copyright law. He incorporated all the texts
that discuss the facts directly relevant to the bibliography. He furnished
brief indications of the contents of works whose title was not explicit.
This reprint of the Vedic Bibliography by Prof. Louis Renou gives
us access to the detailed analysis of the religion, political thought,
values of ideal humanity, divinity, cosmos, flowering of the gods
and of cults, mythology, ritual, and natural sciences — all
that was achieved through the constant creative efforts of Vedic man.
The work is divided into two parts: one on the group of texts, and
the other of studies. He gives several appendices of works anterior
to the memorable essay of Colebrooke “On the Vedas” (1805),
which marks the introduction of these studies in Western academics.
The bibliography is divided into 201 chapters. The abbreviations are
mainly those of the Orientalische Bibliographie. The year of publication
is indicated by the last two digits of the date, except for the years
prior to 1831. To avoid confusion, the years before 1831 are transcribed
whole. For periodicals and collections, the volume number is mentioned
besides the year. The titles in square brackets are translated titles,
whose original could not be given. This work would not have been possible
without recourse to existing catalogues which have been listed in
chapters 1 and 2.
The Bibliography is a rich source of information on the Samhitas of
the Four Vedas, Brahmanas, Sutras, Aranyakas and Upanisads.