Click on image above to enlarge

First Sanskrit grammar

[Werdin, Johann Philipp] Sidharubam seu grammatica Samscrdamica cui accedit dissertatio historico-critica in languam samscrdamicam vulgo samscret dictam. Rome Typographia Sacrae Congregationis de Propaganda Fide 1790
First edition. 4to, 26 x 19 cm; pp.188. Sanskrit text in grantha. Later vellum; boards a little soiled, a few pages toned. Propaganda Fide stamps to title-page and p.188.

The first Sanskrit grammar published, preceding Colebrooke and Wilkins. The grammar is preceded by a long historical examination of Sanskrit, its sources and texts, scripts, and the history of European Sanskrit studies to date. Johann Philipp Werdin (1748-1806), or Wesdin, was an Austrian Carmelite, also known by his Latin name, Paulinus a Sancto Bartholomaeo. He went to Kerala as a missionary in 1774, where he learnt Malayalam and Sanskrit; on his return to Rome in 1789 he was appointed Vicar-General of his order and became private secretary to Cardinal Stefano Borgia, Secretary to the Propaganda Fide. Borgia financed the production of several works on India, of which this was the first.