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LATTER (Thomas). A Grammar of the Language of Burmah.1845

Calcutta: [Printed at the Baptist Press, First edition, 4to (280 x 220 mm), lvi, 203, [1]pp., neatly bound in recent half calf, marbled boards, spine with four raised bands, spine tooled in gilt and blind, red morocco title label. "Thomas Latter (1816–1853), army officer in the East India Company and Burmese scholar, an officer who distinguished himself in the Anglo-Nepal War of 1814–16, was born in India. He obtained a commission as ensign in 1836 from the East India Company in the 67th Bengal native infantry, then stationed in Arakan. He was promoted lieutenant in 1840. At Arakan he devoted his leisure to the study of the Burmese language, and in 1845 published a Burmese grammar, which (although subsequent to the primers of Adoniram Judson, the American missionary) was the first recognized scholarly treatise on the subject."—(Oxford DNB). Cordier BI 347.

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