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A Tamil font from the Imprimerie impériale

[Sonnerat, Pierre] Notice sur les langues et l'écriture des Indiens, et sur celles des Tamouls en particulier. Paris J.G. Dentu 1806
First separate edition. 4to (29 x 21.5 cm), pp.15, [1], 2 plates. French text with some printed Tamil text. Extrait du Voyage aux Indes et à la Chine. A very good disbound copy, unstitched but neatly folded. A little light spotting.
We locate copies of this 16-page extract at Minnesota and the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève. There is a more common smaller format edition of the same year.

An extract from the 1806 second edition of Pierre Sonnerat's magnificent and significant Voyage aux Indes et à la Chine revised by Charles Nicolas Sigisbert Sonnini de Manoncourt (1751-1812). This chapter is an early analysis of the Tamil language, with a finely engraved plate of the Tamil alphabet, and another of an Indian writing on a palm leaf. This separately printed extract exhibits the fine Tamil font which the publisher borrowed from the Imprimerie impériale. The 1782 first edition used a cruder Tamil font.