It gives me pleasure to acknowledge permission and support for the
publication of Malayalam manuscripts in the Tuebingen University
Library. The director and his colleagues have always received me as a
welcome guest and provided expert colleagual assistance. Dr George
Baumann, director of Oriental Section, has been the main source of
knowledge and support. Dr Karl Heinz Gruessner and Dr Gabriele
Zeller have been helpful in the preparation of this series.
The idea for this series was born out of the research work done in the
Tuebingen University Library in preparation of Hermann Gundert Series
(6 volumes, 8 books). My research project in Germany at that stage
(1990-91) was made possible by the generous assistance of a research
fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
The preparation for the first three volumes of this series was com-
pleted during my research work in Tuebingen University (1993) on the
invitation of DAAD-German Academic Exchange Programme.
I am grateful for a grant from Dr Herbert Karl, Mayor of Calw, for
reprographing 12 volumes of Tellicherry Records in Germany.
I could never have prepared and published this series without the
personal encouragement and professional support of Dr Albrecht Frenz,
to whom we owe the familiarising of Kerala Studies in modern Germany.
He helped me to the Tuebingen University Library in 1986, and paved the
way for the chance discovery of invaluable Malayalam manuscripts. The
organizing committee of Dr Hermann Gundert Conference 1993 and Dr
Hermann Gundert Foundation, Stuttgart deserve special thanks for their
spirited interest and whole hearted support.
Prof Dr Heinrich von Stietencron and his colleagues in the depart-
ment of indology University of Tuebingen, have helped me in my
sojourn through words and deeds.
The Gundert family especially members of Steinhaus Ms Gertraud
Frenz and Ms Margret Frenz cheerfully aided me in my research work.
Closer, at home, I am grateful to quite a few eminent scholars: Prof S
Guptan Nair, Prof Dr M Leelavathy, Prof Dr A P Andrewskutty, Prof
Dr MGS Narayanan and Prof Dr KM Prabhakara Variar who helped in