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BOPP, FRANZ / WINDISCHMANN, K.J. (ED.): - Über das Conjugationssystem der Sanskritsprache in Vergleichung mit jenem der griechischen, lateinischen, persischen und germanischen Sprache. Nebst Episoden des Ramajan und Mahabharat in genauen metrischen Uebersetzungen aus dem Originaltexte und einigen Abschnitten aus den Veda's. Frankfurt am Main, in der Andräischen Buchhandlung, 1816.

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Small 8vo. Pp. (ii), xxxxvi, 312. Includes a long introduction by the editor. Contemporary papercovered boards, flat spine ruled in gilt and with title label, rubbed. Old ownership signature on front paste down. Scarce first edition of this pioneering work to trace the common origin of the grammatical forms of Sanskrit, Greek, Latin and German. Concentrating on a historical analysis of the verb, he furnished the first trustworthy materials for a history of the languages compared. "He thereby established the science of comparative linguistics [...] Bopp's importance lies in the fact that he was no mere grammarian but considered philology to be an essential part of the history of civilization: out of their vocabulary he drew an accurate picture of the material and intellectual life of the earliest Indo-European people" (PMM). Zenker ii, 2810. Printing and the Mind of Man 275.
EUR 3600.00 [Appr.: US$ 4100.68 | £UK 3221.75 | JP¥ 462155] Book number 100946

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