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BURTON, Richard Francis. Notes and Remarks on Dr. Dorn's Chrestomathy of the Pushtu or Affghan Language. [and:] A Grammar of the Jâtakì or Belohckì Dialect. Journal of the Bombay Branch, Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. III, No. XII. Bombay: American Mission Press, January, 1849. 8°, (230 x 150mm). Original printed grey wrappers, (slightly chipped), brown cloth slipcase and paper chemise.
THE AUTHOR'S FIRST APPEARANCE IN PRINT. His articles appear on p. 58-69 and p. 84-125 and are 'ample indicators of his early interest in and facility with languages.' They were most likely written some time before publication as the Second Sikh War began in May, 1848. Penzer p. 196. Casada 119, 138.
Capt. George STACK. A Grammar of the Sindhi Language. Bombay: American Mission Press, 1849. 8vo (222 x 143mm). Original maroon cloth with printed paper label, (rubbed). FIRST EDITION of the grammar which Burton refers to as 'now being prepared' in a footnote to p. 89 of his article on the Jâtakì dialect for the Royal Asiatic Society. At the outbreak of the Second Sikh War, Burton already had interpreter certificates in six Indian languages and was studying others, a remarkable achievement in seven years. (2)
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