Rare Books & Manuscripts

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RARE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS
नेपाली महिलाहरुको सांखिक चित्रण: एक समालोचनात्मक समिक्षा
मीना आचार्य, नेपालमा महिलाहरुको मर्यादा स्तर, खण्ड १, भाग १, २०४०
(138 pages) click here for PDF [24.4 MB]

नेपाली स्वास्नीमानिसहरुको कानूनी स्थितिमा परम्परा र परिवर्तन
लिन बेनेट; सिलु सिंहको सहयोगबाट, नेपालमा महिलाहरुको मर्यादा स्तर, खण्ड १, भाग २, २०४१
(124 pages) click here for PDF [15.9 MB]

नेपालमा महिलाहरुको स्थिित: एक सारांश अनुवाद
महिला तथा विकास केन्द्र; डिल्लीबजार काठमाडौं, १९८७ 1987
(170 pages) click here for PDF [74.8 MB]

आदिवासी जनजाति उत्थान राष्ट्रिय प्रतिष्ठान - नियमावली, २०६२
NFDIN - Regulations, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2062.
click here for PDF [2.8 MB]

The Alder Managers: The Cultural Ecology of a village in Nagaland, N.E. India
By Malcolm Cairns, PhD Dissertation at the Australian National University, March 2007
(1643 pages) click here for PDF [200 MB]

Annotated Bibliography On Women In Nepal
By Indira Shrestha, The Status Of Women In Nepal Volume I, Part 4, May 1979 (first printing)
(81 pages) click here for PDF [21.9 MB]

Bibliography of the History and Culture of the Himalayan Region, Volume 1: History, Anthropology and Related Social Sciences
Edited by Bruce McCoy Owens, Theodore Riccardi, Jr. and Todd Thornton Lewis, 1987.
Scanned book (283 pages) click here for PDF [5.5 MB]

Bibliography of the History and Culture of the Himalayan Region, Volume 2: Art, Development, Language and Linguistics, Travel Accounts and Bibliographies
Edited by Bruce McCoy Owens, Theodore Riccardi, Jr. and Todd Thornton Lewis, 1987.
Scanned book (119 pages) click here for PDF [2.0 MB]

Bhutan: Aspects of Culture and Development
Edited by Michael Aris & Michael Hutt, 1994, Kiscadale Asia Research Series No. 5.
Scanned book (216 pages) click here for PDF [8.6 MB]

Colloquial Nepali
By G.G. Rogers, first Published in 1950, Calcutta
Scanned manuscript (66 pages) click here for PDF [4.7 MB]

Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal, 1959
click here for PDF [181 kb]

Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal, 1962
click here for PDF [232 kb]

Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal, 1990
click here for PDF [220 kb]

Constitution (Interim) of Nepal, 2007
click here for PDF [743 kb]

Constitution (Interim) of Nepal (as amended by the 1st to the 6th amendments), 2007
click here for PDF [3.8 MB]

Constitution (Interim) of Nepal (7th amendment in Nepali), 2007
click here for PDF [3.2 MB]

Consultations with Himalayan Gods: A Study of Oracular Religion and Alternative Values in Hindu Jumla
By J. Gabriel Campbell, Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Philosophy, Columbua University 1978
(544 pages) click here for PDF [92.2 MB]

Deity Men: Reb Gong Tibetan Trance Mediums in Transition
By Snying bo rgyal and R Solomon Rino, 2009. Asian Highlands Perspectives, Volume 3. Xining City: Plateau Publications.
click here for PDF [15.4 MB]

Designing for Equality (in Nepali)
By Stina Larserud and Rita Taphorn, 2007.
click here for PDF [1.3 MB]

Documentation of Indigenous Knowledge, Skill and Practices of Kirata Nationalities with Special Focus on Biological Resources
By Kamal Maden, Ramjee Kongren and Tanka Maya Limbu, 2009.
click here for PDF [2.6 MB]

Education in Nepal: Report of the Nepal National Education Planning Commission
Bureau of Publications, College of Education, Kathmandu, 1956.
click here for PDF [42 MB]

Electoral System Handbook (in Nepali)
Lead Authors: Andrew Reynolds, Ben Reilly, Andrew Ellis, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Asistance and Rural Development Foundation, 2007.
click here for PDF [2.2 MB]

Focused Mission: Not So Limited Duration: Identifying lessons from the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN)
By Teresa Whitfield, Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University, February 2010.
click here for PDF [715 kb]

A Glossary of Constitutional Terms: English / Nepali
Lead Authors: Jill Cottrell (English) & Surya Dhungel (Nepali); Special Task Force: Kedar Bhattarai, K.B. Maharjan, Pramilla Gurung, Sristi Vaidya, Ram P. Humagai, 2007.
click here for PDF [422 kb]

Government of Nepal Act, 1948
click here for PDF [156 kb]

Historical Records of the Survey of India, Volume 1, 1945
click here for PDF [30 MB]

Historical Records of the Survey of India, Volume 2, 1950
click here for PDF [32 MB]

Historical Records of the Survey of India, Volume 3, 1954
click here for PDF [44 MB]

Historical Records of the Survey of India, Volume 4, 1958
click here for PDF [41 MB]

Historical Records of the Survey of India, Volume 5, 1968
click here for PDF [47 MB]

The History of Ancient and Medieval Nepal in a nutshell with some comparative traces of foreign history, Book 1
By D.B. Shrestha and C.B Singh, Printed at HMG Press, Kathmandu, 1972.
(146 pages) click here for PDF [2.5 MB]

Integration Of Women In Development: The Case Of Nepal
By Puskar Raj Reejal, The Status Of Women In Nepal Volume I, Part 5
(212 pages) click here for PDF [11 MB]

Indigenous Knowledge and Practices on Medicinal Plants among the Tharu Community in Eastern Nepal
By Pramila Gachhadar
(18 pages) click here for PDF [90kb]

Institutions Concerning Women In Nepal
By Bina Pradhan, The Status Of Women In Nepal Volume I, Part 3, May 1979 (first printing)
(163 pages) click here for PDF [12.2 MB]

The bKa' gdams pa School of Tibetan Buddhism
By Gianpaolo Vetturini, revised PhD Dissertation, SOAS, 2007.
(628 pages) click here for PDF [3.3 MB]

Keys to Dicot Genera in Nepal: Part I (Polypetalae)
By His Majesty's Government of Nepal, Ministry of Forests, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1967.
(134 pages) click here for PDF [1.5 MB]

The Kham Magar Women Of Thabang
By Augusta Molnar, The Status Of Women In Nepal Volume II, Part 2
(245 pages) click here for PDF [22.6 MB]

Las Gafas de Bulu: Autobiografia de una mujer brahmin por el laberinto del mandala
By Bulu Sharma, Traducción de Mukta Shrestha, Edición de Carlos Alba
(214 pages) click here for PDF [1.4 MB]

Learning to Write Tibetan
By Don grub
This book is primarily for Tibetan students and is widely used in Xunhua Salar Autonomous County, Haidong Region, Qinghai Province, PR China. (97 pages) click here for PDF [4.5 MB]

Les Revenants de L'Au Delà dans le monde Tibétain: Sources littéraires et tradition vivante
By Françoise Pommaret, Centre Régional de Publication de Paris, Éditions du CNRS, 1989
ISBN 2-222-04303-4 (115 pages) click here for PDF [17.1 MB]

Life and Writings of Prithvinarayan Shah
By Leelanatheshwar Sharma Baral, 1964
Unpublished PhD dissertation, University of London, (355 pages) click here for PDF [16 MB]

The Maithili Women Of Sirsia
By Meena Acharya, The Status Of Women In Nepal Volume II, Part 1, 1981 (first printing)
(285 pages) click here for PDF [39.9 MB]

The Monguors of the Kansu-Tibetan Frontier
By Louis M. J. Schram, C.I.C.M, with an Introduction by Owen Lattimore, 1954-1961, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 2006 edition edited by Charles Kevin Stuart.
Scanned book (695 pages) click here for PDF [6.3 MB]

National Foundation for Development of Indigenous Nationalities (NFDIN) - An Introduction
Published by NFDIN, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2003.
click here for PDF [6.6 MB]

Nepal Himalaya
By H.W. Tilman, 1952, Cambridge University Press.
Scanned book (315 pages) click here for PDF [7.0 MB]

The Nepal Interim Government Act, 1951
click here for PDF [451 kb]

Nepal in Transition: A Study on the State of Democracy
Krishna Hachhethu with Sanjay Kumar and Jiwan Subedi, DSA/Nepal Chapter and International IDEA Kathmandu, Nepal, January 2008.
click here for PDF [895 kb]

Nepal Rural Household Survey: 8 Villages
Asian Regional Team for Employment Promotion (ARTEP), Bangkok, 1976.
click here for PDF [68 MB]

The Newar Women Of Bulu
By Bina Pradhan, The Status Of Women In Nepal Volume II, Part 6, 1981 (first printing)
(272 pages) click here for PDF [21.5 MB]

The Newars of Nepal
By Gopal Singh Nepali, PhD dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Bombay, 1959
(877 pages) click here for PDF [542 MB]

The Parbatiya Women Of Bakundol
By Lynn Bennett, The Status Of Women In Nepal Volume II, Part 7, 1981 (first printing)
(336 pages) click here for PDF [48.5 MB]

The Rural Women Of Nepal: An Aggregate Analysis And Summary Of 8 Village Studies
By Meena Acharya & Lynn Bennett, The Status Of Women In Nepal Volume II, Part 9, 1981 (first printing)
(483 pages) click here for PDF [52.7 MB]

Saints and Householders: A Study of Hindu Ritual and Myth Among the Kangra Rajputs
J. Gabriel Campbell, Bibliotheca Himalayica, Series III, Volume 6, Ratna Pustak Bhandar, Kathmandu, 1976.
click here for PDF [71 MB]

The Sherpa and the Snowman
by Charles Stonor, Hollis & Carter, 1955.
(272 pages) click here for PDF [7.0 MB]

The Sikkim Code, Volume 1, First Edition
Sikkim Acts (1975-1982), Law Department, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok
Scanned manuscript (594 pages) click here for PDF [4.8 MB]

Sikkim Debt Law of 1910
Scanned manuscript (11 pages) click here for PDF [1.6 MB]

A Shorter English-Nepali Dictionary
By Major T. Warren, first Published in 1944, Abbottabad
Scanned manuscript (81 pages) click here for PDF [4.1 MB]

Statistical Profile of Nepalese Women: A Critical Review
By Meena Acharya, The Status of Women In Nepal Volume I, Part I, May 1979 (first printing)
(119 pages) click here for PDF [13.9 MB]

The Tharu Women Of Sukhrwar
By Drone Rajaure, The Status Of Women In Nepal Volume II, Part 3, 1981 (first printing)
(180 pages) click here for PDF [33.1 MB]

Tibetan-English Folktales
Edited by Tshe dbang rdo rje, Allie Thomas, Kevin Stuart, dPal ldan bKra shis and 'Gyur med rgya mtsho
An illustrated bilingual (English and Tibetan) lower intermediate level textbook consists of 65 lessons, (281 pages) click here for PDF [3.8 MB]

Tibetan-English-Tibetan Dictionary
By Huadan Zhaxi, Kevin Stuart, Rinchen Dorji, Gesang Norbu, Dorji Zhaxi, Rinchen Khar, Gongbu Caireng, and Sandra Benson, 2007.
click here for PDF [2.1 MB]

Tribes of India: The Struggle for Survival
By Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982.
click here for PDF [6.48 MB]

Where the gods are mountains: Three years among the people of the Himalayas
By René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz, Published 1957 by Reynal in New York.
(280 pages) click here for PDF [5.2 MB]

The Women Of Baragaon
By Sidney Schuler, The Status Of Women In Nepal Volume II, Part 5, 1981 (first printing)
(185 pages) click here for PDF [33.9 MB]

The Yakha: Culture, Environment and Development in East Nepal
By Andrew Russell, PhD Thesis, University of Oxford, Wolfson College, Trinity Term 1992
(432 pages) click here for PDF [24 MB]