SCHOFF, Wilfred Harvey

SCHOFF, Wilfred Harvey. Newtonville, Mass. 27.11.1874 — Lower Merion PA 14.9.1932. U.S. Historian of Commerce and Economy. Son of Frederic S. and Hannah Kent. A.B. 1894 Harvard, A.M. 1896 University of Pennsylvania. In 1899 representative of Philadelphian Export Expedition in South America, Portugal, Spain and France. From 1900 until his death Secretary and Assistant Treasurer in Commercial Museum, Philadelphia. In 1901 Visiting Lecturer in Foreign Commerce at University of Wisconsin, 1903 same at University of Illinois. Bolivian Consul in Philadelphia. Married 1900, four daughters, one son, again 1925.

Publications: a genealogy of the Schoff family, writings on American questions.

The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. 323 p. N.Y. 1912; “Proposed Identification of two South-Indian Place-names in the Periplus”, JRAS 1913, 130-133; “Tamil Political Divisions in the First Two Centuries of the Christian Era”, JAOS 33, 1913, 209-213; “The name of the Erythraean Sea”, JAOS 33, 349-362; “As to the date of the Periplus”, JRAS 1917, 827-830.

Parthian Stations by Isidore of Charax. An account of the overland trade route vetween the Levant and India in the first century B.C. The Greek text, with a tr. and commentary. 46 p. L. 1914.

– “Some Aspects of the Overland Oriental Trade at the Christian Era”, JAOS 35, 1915, 31-41; “The Eastern Iron Trade of The Roman Empire”, JAOS 35, 1915, 224-239; “Navigation to the Far East under the Roman Empire”, JAOS 37, 1917, 240-249; “The Transcontinental Silk Trade at the Christian Era”, Journal/Proceedings of the American Numismatic and Antiquarian Society 1917.

The ship “Tyre”; a symbol of the fate of conquerors as prophesied by Isaiah, Ezekiel and John and fulfilled at Nineveh, Babylon and Rome; a study in the commerce of the Bible. N.Y. 1920.

– “Cinnamon, Cassia and Somaliland”, JAOS 40, 1920, 260-270; “Aloes”, JAOS 42, 1922, 171-185; “Camphor”, JAOS 42, 1922, 355-370; “Nard”, JAOS 43, 1923, 216-228.

Early Communication between China and the Mediterranean. Philadelphia 1921.

The Periplus of the Outer Sea by Marcian of Heraclea. Philadelphia 1927.

Sources: Who Was Who in Am. 1; briefly Wikipedia.

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