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RICHARDSON, John.

A Grammar of the Arabick Language....

In which the Rules are illustrated by Authorities from the best Writers; principally adapted for the Service of the Honourable East India Company.

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Published: London Printed by William Richardson for J. Murray and D. Prince, Oxford, 1776

Stock Code: 124613

£750
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition. The Scottish whig, lawyer, and orientalist Richardson (1740/1-1795) modelled his work on the Persian grammar of William Jones (1771), with whom he had collaborated on his Persian-Arabic-English dictionary (published 1777-80). Like the dictionary, it was aimed at the East India Company's servants and is dedicated to the Company's directors. Richardson stressed, as Jones had done, that "what he was offering was a work in which 'instruction' and 'entertainment' would be mixed, and that it would therefore be very different from the turgid linguistic studies of the old orientalists. Richardson, like Jones, wished to be taken for a man of taste as well as of learning" (ODNB).

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Description

Quarto in twos (229 x 170 mm). Late 19th-century brown half morocco, reddish-brown pebble-grain cloth sides.

Illustrations

Latin and Arabic types.

Condition

Bookplate (dated 1937) of Harold Meek (1922-2016), architectural historian, winner of the RIBA silver medal for his study The Architect and his Profession in Byzantium. Old pale staining to sides. A good copy, sound and clean.

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