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Suggestions for the Assistance of Officers in Learning the Languages of the Seat of War in the East.

London, Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1854 Stock Code: 140908

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First edition of this interesting work, intended, as stated in the title, for the use of officers during the Crimean War, where "the languages spoken in the countries which the English army may occupy are very numerous. Some, such as Wallachian, Bulgarian, Servian, Albanian, Circassian, and Georgian, are but little known" (p. 1). In his lengthy introduction Müller, a pioneer in the field of comparative philology, bemoans the lack of training in "Oriental languages": "it is undoubtedly high time that something should be done to encourage this A man-of-war is built in less time than an Oriental scholar can be launched ready to converse with natives, and capable of procuring supplies, gathering information, translating proclamations, writing circulars, carrying on parleys, assisting at conferences, and, finally, of wording the conditions of a treaty of peace", and remarking that "Russia has always been the most liberal patron of Oriental Philology" (p. x).

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Octavo. Original olive green wavy-grain cloth, sides with blind ornamental panel, front cover lettered in gilt, back cover with central blind decorative roundel, pale primrose yellow-coated endpapers.


Large coloured folding map showing the languages spoken from the Adriatic to the Caspian, drawn and lithographed by Augustus Petermann.


Fine engraved armorial bookplate of Robert Crewe-Milnes, first Marquess of Crewe (1858-1945). Binding discoloured and mottled where once damped, covers slightly splayed, map with small area of adhesion and concomitant hole, pale tidemark to fore edge of a number of gatherings, inner hinges cracked but quite firm.


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