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PALLEGOIX, JEAN-BAPTISTE: - Dictionarium linguae Thai sive Siamensis interpretatione Latina, Gallica et Anglica. Paris, l'Imprimerie Impérial, 1854.

. Large folio. (iv), 897. With text in five columns; Thai script, phonetic Thai, Latin, French and English. Bound in modern calf, spine with five raised bands and red title label, lightly faded, original front blue wrapper with bound. First edition of this impressive dictionary. The first European book printed in Thai script. Jean-Baptiste Pallegoix was sent by French Foreign Missions to Thailand (Siam) in 1828 at the age of 23. Later, he was appointed vicar apostolic of Eastern Siam. Pallegoix was close to King Mongkut and was influential in establishing political and commercial ties between Thailand and France. He arranged for the printing of several books in Bangkok, and in 1850 had a Thai grammar printed with Thai script with types obtained from American Protestant missionaries. A few pages with light spotting but overall a clean and crisp copy. Cordier BI 851.
EUR 4000.00 [Appr.: US$ 4348.85 | £UK 3531 | JP¥ 566652] Book number 121266

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