Gladwin, Francis. The Persian Moonshee.

London, Oriental Press, Wilson & Co., 1801.

Small folio. 3 parts in 1 vol. (6), 106, 74 (but: 147), 82 pp. (wanting half-title and final advert leaf). With 32 engr. plates of Persian and Arabic type. Later brown cloth.


Third edition.

Gladwin's Persian grammar, richly illustrated with plates in Persian and Arabic type. The first part is "The Persian Grammar"; the second ("Pleasant stories in an easy style") consists of parallel texts in English and Persian on opposite pages with duplicate numbering. The third part ("Phrases and dialogues in Persian and English") has the English and Persian in parallel columns. In the year of publication Gladwin was appointed first professor of Persian at the East India Company's College at Fort William. First published in 1795 at Calcutta, and again in 1800, but ABPC records only this 1801 edition at auction (one copy fetching £1,200 at Sotheby's in 1997).

Small neat stamp on verso of title page and terminal leaf. Some brownstaining; still a nice copy. Scarce.


Ghani 482. Graesse III, 91.

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