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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 : 1834First 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
RICHARDSON, John. A Grammar of the Arabick Language.
London : 1776First 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
WEBB, John. An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language Of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language.
London : 1669First edition of "the first extensive European treatise on the Chinese 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John Webb, a pupil of Inigo Jones, argued that Noah could be identified with the legendary king Yao; that he had withdrawn from the tribes whose languages...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
DONGJIA, Mingduo. Nikan hergen i ubailiyambuha manju gisun i buleku bithe. (A Translator's Chinese-Manchu Dictionary.)
China : 1869A very scarce and attractive edition of a Manchu-Chinese dictionary published for the use of officials and scholars in the plurilingual Qing empire. After Manchu was transformed into a language of state by the Qing invasion of China, texts such as this dictionary became vital tools for upwardly-aspirational individuals to navigate between the two very... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 149935
BUDÉ, Guillaume. Commentarii linguae Graecae.
[Paris] : 1529First 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
BICHURIN, Iakinf. Opisaniye chzhungarii i vostochnago turkistana, v'drevnem' i ninshem sostoyanii. Perevedeno s'kitayskago …
St Petersburg : 1829First 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
DAVIS, Sir John Francis. Hien Wun Shoo. Chinese Moral Maxims,
London : 1823First 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
DERRIDA, Jacques. De la grammatologie.
Paris : 1967First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to the French man of letter "Pour Maurice Nadeau, en Hommage, Jacques Derrida". This is a nice association copy of one of Derrida's major works.
Maurice Nadeau (1911-2013) was "an oak tree under which the greatest writers of the 20th century sought shelter" (Lepape).... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 149917
GALLIEN DE SALMORENC, Timoléon Alphonse. La rhétorique d'un homme d'esprit, à l'usage de tout le monde.
Leiden : 1772First 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
WILKINS, John. An Essay Towards a Real Character, And a Philosophical Language.
London : 1668First 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