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JONES, William
Asiatick researches or transactions of the Society, instituted in Bengal for inquiring into the history and antiquities, the arts, sciences, and literature of Asia.
Calcutta|Asiatic Society of Bengal|1788. instituted in Bengal for inquiring into the history and antiquities, the arts, sciences, and literature of Asia. The Indo-European Family of Languages JONES, William. On the Hindus. In: Asiatick researches or transactions of the Society, . instituted in Bengal for inquiring into the history and antiquities, the ARTS, SCIENCES, and LITERATURE of Asia. Calcutta: Asiatic Society of Bengal, 1788. True first edition (preceding the London issue). Quarto (11 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches; 285 x 215 mm.). Xvi, 465, [1, errata] pp. With thirty-four engraved plates (of which three are folding). Contemporary tree calf with twining gilt borders, expertly rebacked preserving the original spine, smooth spine densely gilt and with red and black morocco gilt lettering labels, marbled endpapers. A very attractive copy. This scholarly periodical went to twenty volumes but the key piece, the piece cited by Carter in Printing and the Mind of Man, is found in this first volume; “This slim paper, read to the Bengal Asiatic Society in 1786 and published in its Tarnsactions, marks a turning point in the history of linguistics and signalled the birth of comparative philology. Jones a product of Harrow and University College, had established his reputation as an orientalist by his Grammar of the Persian Language (1771) and Poeseos Asiaticae Commentariorum Libri VI (1774)...In 1783 he was knighted and appointed a judge of the high court in Calcutta, the administrative seat of the East India Company, an office which he held until his death. Here Jones indulged his orienta … [Click Below for Full Description]
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