GLADWIN, FRANCIS. 1744/5-1812.
A Vocabulary, English and Persian; with Introductory Grammatical Remarks. Compiled for the use of the Hon. East India Company. Calcutta: A. Upjohn, 1791.
8vo (187 x 113 mm). , ixxii, , 355,  pp. Folding table printed in red and black. Period red goatskin, raised bands, gilt borders, no titles on spine. Some worming to lower joint and cover, minor staining to blank margins of last few leaves, a fine copy overall.
Provenance: Gore Ouseley (bookplate, signature at head of title, Persian signature on facing blank).
FIRST EDITION, SIR GORE OUSELEY COPY. This scarce Persian dictionary, which includes printing in nasta'liq and naskhi, is a revised version of Gladwin's Compendius vocabulary English and Persian of 1780. "The vocabulary itself has been enlarged and rearranged partly on a subject basis and a grammatical survey added" (Shaw).
Sir Gore Ouseley served as ambassador to the court of Fath Ali Shah, and was a "notable oriental scholar at a time when that subject was in its infancy ... he did much to encourage its emergence through his complementary literary and archaeological interests" (ODNB). Shaw Printing in Calcutta to 1800 185.
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