Professor Sir Harold Bailey: An appreciation*

Ilya Gershevitch

in Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262856
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753961 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Professor Sir Harold Bailey: An appreciation*

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This chapter details the life and career of Sir Harold Bailey. It also describes the contents of his library. Bailey joined the Ancient India and Iran Trust in order to secure a permanent home for his books, where they would serve no longer only himself as they had done in Southacre and in Queens' College, but also other scholars both during and after his lifetime. His is a library that eminently deserves preservation, since for the continuation of research on the lines evolved by him there is not to be found in the British Isles a compact study space more thoughtfully equipped. Dating back longest is the acquisition of Iranological books and articles. These Bailey began to assemble when in 1929 he became at the London School of Oriental Studies the first holder of its Lectureship in Iranian Studies. If the Irano-Indian holdings are impressive, so is the library's equipment in respect of Indo-European language groups other than the Indo-Iranian.

Keywords: libraries; Sir Harold Bailey; Ancient India and Iran Trust; life; career; Indo-European language groups; Indo-Iranian language groups

Chapter.  6514 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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