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First standard grammar of the Malay language

WERNDLY, George Henrik.
Maleische spraakkunst, uit de eige schriften der Maleiers opgemaakt; met eene voorreden, behelzende eene inleiding tot dit werk, en een dubbeld aanhangsel van twee boekzalen van boeken, in deze tale zo van Europeërs, als van Maleiers geschreven.
Amsterdam, printed by Rudolf and Gerard Wetstein for the VOC (Dutch East India Company), 1736. 8vo. With a woodcut device of the VOC, showing a ship, on the title-page and with passages in Malayan type (in both Arabic and roman characters). Modern calf.
€ 1,500
First edition of the first standard grammar of the Malay language, presenting the language in both roman and Arabic type (both with extra characters specially made for Malay). A 130-page appendix gives the first bibliography of printed books (and even some manuscripts) in Malay, both by native speakers and by Europeans. This begins with the 1629 New Testament (part of which was printed in 1612) and includes valuable notes about many of the books and their authors, including a detailed account (10 pp.) of Werndly himself and the Old and New Testament that he translated and edited, published in the years 1731 to 1733.
Without the five leaf dedication, as usual. Extremities of the title-page tattered, otherwise in very good condition.
Landwehr & V.d. Krogt, VOC 759; Lane, Enschedé type specimens of 1768 & 1773, pp. 29 & 71-72; STCN (8 copies, incl. 6 lacking dedication).
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