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LUMSDEN (Matthew). A Grammar of the Persian Language; Comprising a Portion of the Elements of Arabic Inflexion; together with some Observations on the Structure of either Language, Considered with Reference to the Principals of General Grammer.1810

Calcutta: Printed by T. Watley, at the Honorable Company's Press, 2 Vols., small folio (305 x 190 mm), xxxiii, [3], 49-458; [4], 582, [2]pp., text in English and Persian, occasional marginal pencil notes, title page and terminal leaf to both volumes browned, staining to inner upper corner of leaves to start and end of volume two, later vellum-backed marbled boards, title in manuscript to spines. One of the most extensive Persian grammars written in English. "Matthew Lumsden (1777–1835), orientalist, was fifth son of John Lumsden of Cushnie, Aberdeenshire, and a cousin of Sir Harry Burnett Lumsden (1821–1896), army general. After education at King's College, Aberdeen, he went to India as assistant professor of Persian and Arabic in the College of Fort William, and in 1808 succeeded to the professorship. In 1812 he was appointed secretary to the Calcutta Madrasa, and superintended various translations of English works into Persian then in progress. From 1814 until 1817 he had charge of the East India Company's press at Calcutta, and in 1818 he became secretary to the stationery committee."—(Oxford DNB). Provenance: John L. Platts? signature in pencil to title page.

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