Hughes, T[homas] P[atrick] (ed.). [Ketab-e ganj-e pasto]. The Kalid-i-Afghani, being selections of Pushto prose and poetry for the use of students.

Peshawar, Panjab Educational Press Lahore, 1872.

Large 4to (240 x 292 mm). (6), III, (3), 418, 4 pp. Contemporary Western quarter morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt with title.


First edition.

A reader issued to supply the "English Student of the Pushto (or Pukhto) language [with] some work written in the colloquial", published "under the sanction and patronage of the Government of the Panjáb" (preface). It became the official text book for the Pashto Examination. The editor Hughes served as a missionary in Peshawar (1865-84) with the Church Missionary Society.

In lithographed Pashto throughout save for the preliminary English letterpress matter. Binding rather rubbed and scuffed, spine and extremities professionally repaired; three leaves remargined at the lower edge (not affecting text). A few small wormholes. Contemporary pencil annotations to the text and endleaves.

McLachlan, Bibliography Of Afghanistan, no. 6883. OCLC 5111396.

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