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[Sri Sarva Deva Sabha] The Hindu Pantheon. By Edward Moor, F.R.S. Member Of The Asiatic Society Of Calcutta, And Of The Literary Society Of Bombay.

Edward Moor

RA Collection: Book

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Variant Title

Hindu Pantheon


London :: Printed For J. Johnson, St. Paul's Church-Yard, By T. Bensley, Bolt-Court, Fleet-Street., 1810.

Physical Description

[iii-]xiv, [2], 467, [1] p., 105 pl. (incl. frontis.); 298 mm. (Quarto.)


[Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Index To the Pages wherein the Plates of this Work are described, or noticed - The Binder Is requested ... - Errata - [Text] - [Plates] - Index; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

All but two plates (31, 51) are signed as drawn by M. Haughton [i.e. Matthew Haughton (1766-1821) or Moses Haughton (1773-1849)]. Most are signed by engravers - usually J. Dadley or Raddon, sometimes Schiavonetti [i.e. Luigi Schiavonetti (1765-1810) or Niccolò Schiavonetti (ca. 1771-1813)], Swaine, Skelton [i.e. William Skelton (1763-1848) or Joseph Skelton (1781-1850)] . Many plates carry the publisher's imprint of J.Johnson and the date (usually 1 January 1809, sometimes 2 January 1809).

The printer's name is repeated in the colophon.

The work is dedicated by Edward Moor to Jonathan Duncan, Governor of Bombay.


K. Teltscher, India inscribed: European and British writing on India 1600-1800 (1995), p.140f.; Partha Mitter, Much maligned monsters: a history of European reactions to Indian art (2nd. ed. 1992); A.D. Momigliano, 'Historiography of religion', in Encyclopaedia of religion, vol. 6 (1987), p. 383-90; The rise of modern mythology 1680-1860, ed. B. Feldman (1972).

Summary Note

The publication-date of 1810 is given on the title page. Many plates carry the date of 1809.

The text and plates describe the iconography of the Hindu religion. Most plates are outline drawings.


Acquired between 1810 and 1821. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1821.

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; rebacked and recornered in 20th century, spine lettered 'Moor's Hindu Pantheon'.


Mythology, Hindu - Iconography
Hinduism - Devotional images - Cult images - Religious objects - Sculpture - Paintings - India - History
Pictorial works - 19th century


Joseph Johnson, publisher
Thomas Bensley, printer
Jonathan Duncan, dedicatee
Matthew Haughton, draughtsman?
Moses Haughton the younger, draughtsman?
John Dadley, engraver
William Raddon, engraver
Luigi Schiavonetti, engraver?
Niccolò Schiavonetti, engraver?
John Swaine, engraver
William Skelton, engraver?
Joseph Skelton, engraver

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