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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. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With 6 engraved plates (4 folding) and numerous text illustrations, title printed in red and black with engraved device printed in blue. Modern half calf, marbled sides, red morocco spine label, new endpapers. XCIV, 3-820 pp.
€ 7,500
First edition of the first European work on the Tibetan language, reissued with an extensive new introduction: a major source of information for Tibetan language, philosophy and culture, first published in 1759. This scarce work is a collection of reports brought together by the Italian orientalist and librarian Antonio Agostino Georgi (1711-1797). The reports are based on those made by the Capuchin mission in Tibet between from 1715 to 1745. The chief contributors were Francisco Oracio della Penna (1680-1745) and Cassiano Beligatti di Macerata (1708-1791), Capuchin friars at the mission in Lhasa. The text is divided in 2 parts, the main text is a general description of the history, geography and customs of Tibet, 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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