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Zend-Avesta, Zoroasters Lebendiges Wort, worin die Lehren und Meinungen von Gott, Welt, Natur, Menschen; ingleichen die Cärimonien des heiligen Dienstes der Parsen u.s.f.aufbehalten sind. (Translated from the French and supplemented by Johann Friedrich Kleuker). 3 main parts and 5 appendices in 6 volumes.
Riga, J. F. Hartknoch, 1777-86.. 4to (23.5 : 18.5 cm). With 8 engraved plates, 2 folding, of ceremonies and rites. Contemporary yellowish sprinkled boards with gilt spine labels, all volumes economically bound without free endpapers.. A uniform set with with all plates and appendices. Part 1 in the scarce second edition of 1786, first published ten years earlier and now enlarged by more than one third. Parts 2-3 and the appendices in first and only edition, 1777-83. Anquetil-Duperron (1731-1805) became an adventurer for the sake of ancient Indo-Iranian religion and philosophy. Returned from India, he published his first great work: Zend-Avesta, Ouvrage de Zoroastre, Paris 1771. It comprised the major books of Parsism in first European translation, actually the first of an Oriental sacred text other than the Bible. Anquetil was immediately accused of forgery by William Jones and John Richardson. In the following years he read seven large dissertations on the age and authenticity of the Avestan texts to the French Academy. His enlightened apologist Kleuker (1749-1827) not only rendered Anquetil's translations and studies carefully into German, but added linguistic researches of his own. Later on he translated the epoch-making first volumes of Jones's ,Asiatick Researches' as well as Paulinus's ,Systema Brahmanicum'. His work strongly promoted 19th century Indo-European studies in Germany. Geiger & Kuhn, Grundriß der iranischen Philologie II, p. 1 & 40 ff.; cf. Encyclopedia Iranica, s.v. Anquetil-Duperron. - Bindings a bit rubbed and bumped, spines darkened. Scattered browning and foxing as always, stronger in places. A very good copy.
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