1915: Tibetan grammar commissioned by the Government of India
An introduction to the grammar of the Tibetan language
with the texts of Situhi Sum-rtags, Dag-je sal-wai mé-long and Situhi shal-lün. Darjeeling printed at the Darjeeling Branch Press 1915
First edition. 4to, 28 x 22 cm; pp.[iv], 2, , 2, , xxvii, [1, blank], 62, , 50, vi, 2, 88, 5, [1, blank], 2, 27, [1, blank], 2, 35, [1, blank]; 7 plates. Tibetan text. Contemporary cloth, title gilt to upper board; corners a little worn; front free endpaper removed; a few leaves spotted; but a very good copy. Bookplate of Peter Hopkirk to front pastedown; largely illegible stamp, dated 1917, to title-page.
One of 1000 copies printed; a grammar of Tibetan commissioned by the Government of India for government officers sitting High Proficiency and Honours examinations in Tibetan, as well as for B. A. examination students at the University of Calcutta. Sarat Chandra Das had obtained government support to publish the text of Situhi Sum-rtags in 1894, based on a manuscript copy acquired during his second visit to Tibet, but waited until 1911 to collate his text against a second block-printed copy supplied by the Buddhist monk Ekai Kawaguchi, the first Japanese to visit Nepal and Tibet. The work includes a frontispiece portrait of the thirteenth Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso (1876-1933), after a photograph by H. C. Dutt, with W. W. Rockhill's description of His Holiness.