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GREAVES, Edwin.

Notes on the Grammar of the Rámáyan of Tulsí Dás.

Benares: E. J. Lazarus & Co., at the Medical Hall Press, 1895 Stock Code: 141124
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First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head of the title page, "Mrs. Partridge, with best wishes, fr. the author"; this highly uncommon work concerns the Ramcharitmanas ("Sacred Lake of the Acts of Rama") by the Indian poet Tulsidas (1543?-1623), which "remains the most popular version of the story of the Hindu deity Rama" (Encyclopaedia Britannica).

It is possible that the recipient is Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Partridge, who was a considerable figure at the American South China Mission between 1884 and 1908 (see Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, ed., Christianizing South China, 2018). Edwin Greaves (b. 1854) served in India with the London Missionary Society and published several works on Hinduism and India, including a popular handbook, A Grammar of Modern Hindi (1896 and later editions); although his fluency in the language was hard won: "Greaves experienced difficulties in passing the newly instituted language examinations but recovered from his initial language problems and spent a decade doing translation work while serving as a principal of the LMS colleges in Benares until he left civilization and went with Robert Ashton to begin the Kachwa station", then a remote village in the Patiala district of the Punjab (Rhonda Anne Semple, Missionary Women: Gender, Professionalism and the Victorian Idea of Christian Mission, 2003, p. 94).

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Description

Octavo. Original green pebble-grained cloth, title in gilt to front cover within panel in black, pattered endpapers.

Condition

A few peripheral pale marks to covers. A very good copy.

Bibliography

Library Hub and WorldCat cite 13 copies only.

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