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First printed grammar of Telugu

Campbell, Alexander Duncan A grammar of the Teloogoo language, commonly termed the Gentoo, peculiar to the Hindoos inhabiting the North Eastern Provinces of the Indian peninsula. Madras printed at the College Press, by M. Sashachellum 1816
First edition. Small 4to, 24 x 19 cm; pp.[ix], [1, blank], xxv, [1, blank], 208, 19, [1]; folding table. Contemporary Indian half calf over marbled boards, spine and corners gilt; marbled boards renewed, bottom of spine repaired; wormhole and track to gutter, text unaffected; a crisp copy.

Campbell, who served at the Board of Revenue in Madras before being appointed as the first Secretary of the College of Fort St. George, was inspired to compile this grammar from "frequent opportunities of observing the disadvantage under which the Teloogoo students laboured from the want of a work on the elements of that language". It was compiled with the assistance of Udayagiri Venkatanarayan from whom Campbell had first learned Telugu. Two more editions followed in 1820 and 1849, before Campbell's work was superseded by C. P. Brown's grammar. Brown called this "an accurate, though very imperfect work, too intricate to aid the beginner" in the preface to the 1857 second edition of his grammar.