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FREEMAN, John Joseph. A Dictionary of the Malagasy Language. Antananarivo: Printed at the Press of the London Missionary Society by R. Kitching, 1835. 2 parts in one volume, 8° (215 x 130mm). Folding table. (Very occasional light spotting or browning.) Contemporary marbled calf gilt. Provenance: James Blyth (c.1782-1865) (armorial bookplate and ownership inscription on title and inside upper cover, dated 1836 -- sold Christie's South Kensington, 8 December 1995, lot 171.
James Blyth's copy of Freeman's dictionary, an early publication printed in Madagascar. Freeman dedicated his work to the Directors of the London Missionary Society, 'by whose benevolent exertions the first Protestant Christian Mission was established in Madagascar, and the art of printing introduced to that island.' This copy includes the 22 pp. Appendix, not always present. Grandidier 1895; Sibree, p.16; Cameron and Bleek, The Library of his Excellency Sir George Grey. Vol 1, no. 668.
A. M. D. G. Dictionnaire Français-Malgache, rédigé par les Missionnaires Catholiques de Madagascar, et adapté aux dialectes de toutes les provinces. Ile Bourbon: Etablissement Malgache de Notre-Dame de la Ressource, 1855.
RICHARDSON, The Rev. J. A New Malagasy-English Dictionary. Antananarivo: The London Missionary Society, 1885. Containing a 'Concise Introduction to the Malagasy Language' by W. E. Cousins. Grandidier 4237; Sibree, p.34; and four others, including Sibree's A Madagascar Bibliography. Antananarivo, 1885. (7)
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