"The language of common life": With Presentation Inscription

[Kannada language]. Village dialogues in Canarese, designed to illustrate the modes of thought and expression, in various classes of native society.

Bangalore, Wesleyan Mission Press, 1847.

12mo. IV, 106 pp. English advertisement/preface, dialogues in Kannada script. Contemporary half green cloth with patterned glazed boards.


First edition. The inscription reads, "Presented to the library of the Wesleyan Theological Institution, Richmond [/] J Gault(?) [/] Bangalore Jan 1848". This is most likely the same "J. G." who contributes the preface, in which he explains that the dialogues were written by a Munshi, who had been asked to teach Rev. W. Arthur (author of "A Mission to Mysore", London, 1847) the language of the local working people. The Munshi's efforts were then enlarged and distributed in manuscript form among several missionaries working in the area. They were found to be of such use that a small edition of the present book was printed.

Boards slightly dust-soiled, very minor wear to extremities, old paper library labels to spine, otherwise very good. Two bookplates (one pasted over the other) on the front paste-down endpaper, of the Wesleyan Theological Institution and Richmond College, Surrey. Presentation inscription to recto of front free endpaper, this torn with a small area of loss.

Scarce. COPAC locates two holdings, at SOAS and Oxford. OCLC adds another at the National and University Library of Strasbourg.

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