27 - 28 June 2006
ZIEGENBALG, Batholomaeus (1683-1719). Grammatica Damulica, quae pervaria paradigmata, regulas & necessarium vocabulorum apparatum, vian brevissimam monstrat, que lingua Damulica seu Malabarica... Halle an der Saale: Orphanotrophei, 1716.
4o (200 x 164 mm). (Closely trimmed, shaving imprint, a few marginal wormholes catching a few letters.) 19th-century cloth-backed boards. Provenance: translations of many words into German in an early hand; Evang. Missions Gesellschaft, Basel (inkstamp on title); purchased from Emil Offenbacher, 1966.
FIRST EDITION of the first printed grammar of the Tamil language, the oldest and best known of the Dravidian languages. The author was a German Protestant missionary who went to Southern India with a Danish mission group. In 1712 he received from Copenhagen a printing press and printed at Tranquebar the Bible translated into Tamil. Brunet V:1534.
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