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Abridged Tibetan Alphabetum from the Propaganda Fide

[BELIGATTI, Giovanni (Cassiono Da MACERATA)].
Alphabetum Tangutanum sive Tibetanum.
Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1773. 8vo. With a folding table, printer's device on title-page and an elaborate woodcut tailpiece after the preliminaries. Modern vellum, green title label. XVI, 138, [2] pp.
€ 1,750
First and only edition of the abridged and improved version of the Propaganda Fide's Tibetan Alphabetum, a handy and simple guide to the basics of Tibetan grammar. The best known products of the Propaganda Press, apart from its missals, grammars, and dictionaries, are the Alphabeta" (Smitskamp 193). The present one was compiled by Cassiano (da Macerata) Beligatti (1708-1791) and edited by Giovanni Cristoforo Amaduzzi (1740-1792), the director of the Propaganda Fide press. The alphabet is printed in the Tibetan type. Cassiano da Macerata was sent on a mission to Tibet in 1738.
With 18 modern blank leaves before the title and 14 after the last page. With the bookplate of Dr. A. de Poorter tipped in on the last free endpaper before the title with a manuscript caption in Dutch in pencil indicating that this was made specifically for the present book by Helena Riedel in 1971. Fine copy, with ex-libris drawing for Dr. De Poorter by H. Riedel, dated 1971. In very good condition. Amaduzzi, p. 8; Birrell & Garnett 17; Cordier, Sinica 2929; Lust 1069; Morrison II, 432; Smitskamp, Philologia Orientalis 208.
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