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CUST, Robert N.

A Sketch of the Modern Languages of the East Indies. Accompanied by Two Language Maps.
London: Trubner & Co. 1878..

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (21.5 x 14cm). pp.[16], xii, 198, 2 folding maps. Publisher's peach cloth, gilt publisher's stamp to upper board, red and blind-stamped decoration, leaves largely unopened. With two colour folding maps titled 'A Language Map of India and Its Border Lands' (45 x 46cm) & 'A Language Map of Further India and the Indian Archipelago' (51 x 58cm), indicating the distribution of language families in India and South East Asia. Cloth slightly stained, two small holes to head of spine, some sporadic spotting to contents and maps, some leaves slightly ragged at bottom edge where they have been opened. Generally very good.

Robert Needham Cust (1821-1909) was a British colonial administrator, linguist, and honorary librarian of the Royal Asiatic Society. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, before working for the East India Company. Returning to England in 1867, Cust devoted himself to scientific research, philanthropy, and magisterial and municipal duties.

This publication explores the attributes of numerous language families prevalent in the East Indies, namely the Aryan, Dravidian, Kolarian, Tibeto-Burman, Khasi, Tai, Mon-Anam, and Malayan families.

"The author has attempted to fill up a vacuum, the inconvenience of which pressed itself on his notice. Much had been written about the languages of the East Indies, but the extent of our present knowledge had not even been brought to a focus. It occurred to him that it might be of use to others to publish in an arranged form the notes which he had collected for his own edification" (p.iii).

Price £ 325.00
Stock Code 51508
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