Language and culture of Tibet

Georgi, Antonio Agostino. Alphabetum Tibetanum. Missionum Apostolicarum commodo editum. Praemissa est disquisito qua de vario litterum ac regionis nomine, gentis origine moribus superstitione ac manichaeismo fuse disseritur.

Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1762.

Folio. 2 parts in one volume. XCIV, 3-820 pp. With 6 engraved plates (4 folding) and numerous text illustrations. Title-page printed in red and black with engraved device printed in blue. Modern half calf, marbled sides, red morocco spine label, modern endpapers.


The first European work on the Tibetan language, here reissued with an extensive new introduction: a major source of information on the Tibetan language, philosophy, and culture, first published in 1759. This scarce work is a collection of reports assembled by the Italian orientalist and librarian Antonio Agostino Georgi (1711-97), based on accounts submitted by the Capuchin mission in Tibet between 1715 and 1745. The chief contributors were Francisco Oracio della Penna (1680-1745) and Cassiano Beligatti di Macerata (1708-91), Capuchin friars at the mission in Lhasa. The text is divided into two parts; the main text is a general description of the history, geography, and customs of Tibet, while the appendix contains linguistic works by the Capuchin monks.

A faint stain in the lower right corner of the first third of the pages. Half-title slightly soiled, otherwise in good condition.

Lust 198. Cordier Sinica 2928. Philologia Orientalis 202f (cf. 208a).

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