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  1. Gasconiana,
    MONTFORT, François Salvat. Gasconiana,

    Amsterdam : 1708

    First edition, with 19 leaves supplied from a later edition. The Gasconiana celebrates the French province of Gascony with a variety of anecdotes dealing with humour, adventure, and love. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 146309

  2. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage.
    FOWLER, Henry Watson. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage.

    Oxford : 1959

    A choicely bound copy of "one of the most celebrated reference works of the twentieth century" (ODNB), first published in 1926. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 148740

  3. A Grammar of the Hindustani Language.
    SHAKESPEAR, John. A Grammar of the Hindustani Language.

    London : 1826

    Third edition of an essential text for the dedicated servant of the East India Company; preceded by editions of 1813 and 1818, all early iterations being uncommon. This copy with an appealing Indian provenance, bearing the contemporary ownership inscription at head of the title page of John H. W. Waugh, assistant surgeon on the Bengal Medical Establishment.... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 140865

  4. Essay towards a Dictionary, Tibetan and English. Prepared, with the Assistance of Bandé Sangs-Rgyas Phun-Tschogs, a learned La'ma of Zangska'r, during a Residence at Kanam, in the Hima'laya Mountains, on the Confines of India and Tibet. 1827-1830.
    KORÖSI CSOMA, Sandór. Essay towards a Dictionary, Tibetan and English. Prepared, with the Assistance of Bandé Sangs-Rgyas Phun-Tschogs, a learned La'ma of Zangska'r, during a Residence at Kanam, in the Hima'laya Mountains, on the Confines of India and Tibet. 1827-1830.

    Calcutta : 1834

    First editions of the first Tibetan-English dictionary and grammar, remarkably scarce in commerce, with one copy only of the Dictionary appearing on auction records (2007) and just two complete copies of the Grammar (1955 and 1998). This set has an excellent provenance: from the library of Thomas Herbert Lewin (1839-1916), army officer and frontier... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 122418

  5. Institutiones linguae Arabicae:
    MARTELOTTO, Francisco. Institutiones linguae Arabicae:

    Rome : 1620

    First edition of Martelotto's important study of Arabic, published posthumously and completed by Filippo Guadagnoli, his colleague in the Clerics Regular Minor, two years before the establishment of the Propaganda Fide, here in contemporary red calf stamped in gilt with the arms of Cardinal Baltasar Sandoval, Archbishop of Toledo, formerly a major centre... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 145720

  6. An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language Of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language.
    WEBB, John. An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language Of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language.

    London : 1669

    First edition of "the first extensive European treatise on the Chinse language" (Chen Shouyi), and one of the earliest books in English discussing Chinese culture in any depth.

    The architect John Webb, a pupil of Inigo Jones, argued that Noah could be identified with the legendary king Yao; that he had withdrawn from the tribes whose languages... Learn More
    £13,750.00

    Stock Code: 128767

  7. A Simple Transliteral Grammar of the Turkish Language.
    ARNOLD, Edwin. A Simple Transliteral Grammar of the Turkish Language.

    London : 1877

    First edition of this uncommon little grammar, compiled by the poet and journalist Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904), best known for The Light of Asia (1879), his tremendously popular versified account of the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. Arnold was a passionate Turkophile and while in India studied Turkish and Persian.... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 141928

  8. La rhétorique d'un homme d'esprit, à l'usage de tout le monde.
    GALLIEN DE SALMORENC, Timoléon Alphonse. La rhétorique d'un homme d'esprit, à l'usage de tout le monde.

    Leiden : 1772

    First edition of Gallien de Salmorenc's treatise on rhetoric, with a curious Leiden imprint, published by "Jacques Murray".

    Born around 1740 in Salmorenc, near Grenoble, possibly the bastard son of Richelieu, who was reputedly responsible for his education, Gallien was employed in 1766 by Voltaire as a copyist. Neglecting his duties and spending... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 133667

  9. Commentarii linguae Graecae.
    BUDÉ, Guillaume. Commentarii linguae Graecae.

    [Paris] : 1529

    First edition of Budé's formative Commentaries on the Greek Language, "a collection of lexicographical, philological, and historical notes, which formed the basis for the study of the Greek language in France. A monument of the new learning, it was several times reprinted, and gave Budé the reputation which is now commemorated in the modern series... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 124885

  10. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.
    IRWIN, Godfrey & Eric Partridge. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.

    London : 1931

    First UK edition following the US of the same year, limited to 1000 copies, this being one of 45 on "Imitation H. M. Paper, specially bound, and signed by Godfrey Irwin and Eric Partridge" on the half-title.

    "Mr. Irwin, whose share in this book is a glossary of 1600 words and phrases and a selection of favorite hobo songs, is a native Englishman... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 136118

  11. Hien Wun Shoo. Chinese Moral Maxims,
    DAVIS, Sir John Francis. Hien Wun Shoo. Chinese Moral Maxims,

    London : 1823

    First edition of the Chinese scholar's collection of proverbs, "one of the first British titles to use Chinese type in innovative ways" (Keighren, Withers, & Bell, p. 135) and an excellent example of Murray's experimentation with printing developments of the time. Printed by Peter Perring Thoms at the East India Company's press in Macao due to the lack... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 133538

  12. Morgenlaendische Alterthümer.
    DOROW, Wilhelm. Morgenlaendische Alterthümer.

    Weisbaden : 1820-21

    First editions, only two numbers were published, of this rare German periodical devoted to Indian and Assyrian art and archaeology. Volume I deals with cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals, many from Dorow's own collection, and the Tibetan written language; volume II covers Indian and Tibetan mythology and symbolism in Indian art. The distinguished... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 129893

  13. A Grammar of the Arabick Language.
    RICHARDSON, John. A Grammar of the Arabick Language.

    London : 1776

    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.... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 124613

  14. Opisaniye chzhungarii i vostochnago turkistana, v'drevnem' i ninshem sostoyanii. Perevedeno s'kitayskago …
    BICHURIN, Iakinf. Opisaniye chzhungarii i vostochnago turkistana, v'drevnem' i ninshem sostoyanii. Perevedeno s'kitayskago …

    St Petersburg : 1829

    First edition, rare, of this pioneering description of Central Asia by one of the founders of Russian sinology, Iakinf Bichurin (1777-1853); it gathers three Chinese texts in their first European translation. The region covered corresponds to northwest China and Central Asia, comprising East Turkestan and Dzungaria, the latter bounded by the Tan Shan... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 121603

  15. An Essay Towards a Real Character, And a Philosophical Language.
    WILKINS, John. An Essay Towards a Real Character, And a Philosophical Language.

    London : 1668

    First edition of the theologian and natural philosopher's most significant work and a critical text in the history of linguistics, among the earliest systematic proposals for a new universal language to replace Latin. "Calls for a universal language had increased as a result of the flourishing of vernacular literature and an increasing dissatisfaction... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 118632

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