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Borhani Qatiu, a dictionary, of the Persian language, explained in Persian; alphabetically arranged according to the system of European lexicons .
Calcutta printed by Philip Pereira at the Hindoostanee Press 1818 - First edition. 2 volumes. Folio (22 x 30cm) second volume with title-page, preface and list of subscribers in English, text in Persian, first volume entirely in Persian, title-page shaved at foot, volume one with worm track affecting text on about 50 leaves, otherwise very good in modern calf in period style. A scarce Persian-Hindi dictionary edited by the orientalist Thomas Roebuck (1781-1819), "Captain of the Madras native infantry; examiner in the Hindoostanee, Bruj Bhashe, Persian and Arabic languages; acting assistant Hindoostanee professor in the College of Fort William, and member of the Asiatic Society". The lengthy preface in English includes musings on the state of the study of oriental languages, discusses various native Persian dictionaries and comments on Indian manuscripts and other relevant considerations, quoting the opinions of other orientalists, for instance Matthew Lumsden and William Jones. It is worth noting that printing ventures of this kind, though instigated by western orientalists, were achieved largely through the employment of skilled native printers, who have been unacknowledged generally. [Attributes: First Edition]
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