Reviews By John Crawfurd Esqr. Of Philological Works Published By William Marsden F.r.s. From The Edinburgh Review 1814 And The Foreign Quarterly Of 1834.

CRAWFURD, JOHN.

£500.00

Publisher

Various extracts from publishers.

Date

after 1868 ?

Item Description

8vo. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Manuscript title, [1 leaf] + manuscript letter [2p.] + manuscript extract [1 leaf] + press cutting with manuscript note pasted on blank leaf + [148] pp. letterpress, paginated as above. Bound in half morocco over marbled boards; spine in compartments with raised bands with contrasting maroon morocco title label, which is damaged. Extremities a little worn and staining of lower margins throughout book, not affecting text; otherwise a very good copy. Manuscript contents note on front pastedown. Early ink notes and corrections to text. Illustrated by tables in text. A compilation of writings on languages by the Scottish orientalist, colonial administrator and language scholar, John Crawfurd, F.R.S. (1783-1868). It contains two periodical articles of 1814 and 1834 and an extract from his History of the Indian Archipelago, Vol. II (1820), his principal published work. The compilation, which includes a letter from the author to William Marsden (see below) and an extract copied from a letter written in Singapore, 1824, may have been compiled after Crawfurd's death in 1868 as an obituary notice has been pasted in; alternatively this might have been added to the volume subsequently. Crawfurd went to India as a surgeon in the East India Company and later served in Penang, Java and Singapore, where he was the second resident, 1822-26, following Stamford Raffles in the post. On his return to England he pursued a political career as a radical, without much success. The articles discus the works of another orientalist, the Irish born William Marsden, F.R.S (1754-1836), who was serving as First Secretary to the Admiralty at the time of Trafalgar, but was known to Crawfurd as the author of The History of Sumatra ((1783) and A Dictionary and Grammar of the Malayan Language (1812).

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