Thoms, Peter Perring
A Dissertation on the ancient Chinese vases of the Shang Dynasty, from 1743 to 1496, B.C.
We have been dealing in antiquarian, rare, and out-of-print books on Asia and the Orient for nearly forty years. We cover the Islamic world, Central Asia & Tibet, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, China and Japan. We are particularly interested in Southeast Asia, Burma, now known as Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia including Sarawak and Sabah, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Borneo, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. We also have a large stock of reference books on Asian and Oriental Art.
Our latest catalogue contains 209 books on and in languages of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sikkim, and Sri Lanka, together with several important books on the Tibetan language.
Thirty-four languages are represented: SANSKRIT, Hindi, Kashmiri, Nepali, Pahari, Pashto, Persian, Panjabi, Saraiki, Urdu, TIBETAN, Andamanese, Assamese, Bengali, Bihari, Dafla, Khondi, Kului, Lephcha, Maithili, Mikir, Oriya, Brahui, Gujarati, Marathi, Sindhi, Dakhni, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Tulu, SINHALESE and Divehi.
Among the first editions of grammars and dictionaries published over three centuries:
1716 The first western grammar of Tamil, by Ziegenbalg (Item 169)
1762 The first detailed study of the Tibetan language, Giorgi, Alphabetum Tibetanum (Item 112)
1778 Halhed, A grammar of the Bengal language. The first book printed in northern India (Item 126)
1798 The Oriental Linguist. Gilchrist’s most complete introduction to Urdu. (Item 163)
1802 Rousseau, A Dictionary of Mohammedan Law (Item 64)
1805 The first Sanskrit grammar printed in India, by Colebrooke. (Item 4)
1806 The first English translation of the Ramayana (Item 5)
1812 The first printed grammar of Punjabi (Item 50)
1815 The first book printed in British Ceylon (Sri Lanka). (Item 193)
1836 The first published grammar of the Sindhi language (Item 155)
1847 A gift from the King of Delhi's poet to the future German Emperor (Item 47)
1849 The first book on human anatomy in an Indian language, with magnificent colour plates. (Item 88)
1877 The first study of any Andamanese language (Item 123)
1903-28 The first edition of Grierson’s monumental Linguistic Survey of India. (Item 209)
1943 Three annotated proof copies of books on Tibetan by Hugh Richardson, from the author’s own library. (Items 117-118-119)
2003 The first comprehensive dictionary of Maldivian or Divehi (Item 199)
A number of Bibles and prayer books in Indian languages are also included.