An early collection of Nepalese Proverbs
Nepali ukhanko postak. [Nepali Proverbs.]
Darjeeling Gorkha Press 1908
First edition. 8vo, 21 x 13 cm; pp. [ii], 76; 1 plate, depicting a beaver. Text in Nepali. A very good copy bound in contemporary cloth, neatly re-cased. Ownership inscription of Ralph Lilley Turner.
Basel and Leiden only.
A collection of 1,438 Nepali proverbs printed at the Gorkha Press which was founded and owned by the editor. The proverbs are arranged in alphabetical order and the whole work is printed in Devanagari characters. The printers' ornaments are unusual: the British royal arms grace the beginning of the text and a puffing steam train the end. Ganga Prasad Pradhan was something of a Nepali pioneer; born into a wealthy Newar family, he was educated at a Church of Scotland mission school, and became the first ordained Nepali minister. He worked on the revised Nepali New Testament with Alexander Turnbull, and on the Old Testament with Robert Kilgour, even assisting Kilgour in compiling his English-Nepali dictionary. He was exiled from Nepal by King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah in 1914 for his missionary activities. Pradhan published one of the earliest Nepali monthlies, Gorkhey Khabar Nagat, from 1901 until his death in 1932, and published translations into Nepali, including several Hans Christian Andersen fairytales.