Original papers illustrating the history of the application of the Roman alphabet to the languages of India.
London Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts 1859
First edition. 23 x 15 cm; pp.xix, 276; map. Contemporary embossed cloth, spine gilt; corners a little bumped, slight wear to top and bottom of spine.
Assembles the published correspondence surrounding the various controversies for and against printing Indian languages romanized rather than in their original scripts. Questions of empire, religion, and education loom large; the editor was a man at the centre of them all. Monier Williams (1819-1899), later Sir Monier Monier-Williams, was born in Bombay; after studying at Oxford and training at Haileybury for the East India Company he went on to a distinguished academic career, teaching at Haileybury from 1844 to 1858, when the college was closed and staff pensioned off. He was elected Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford in 1860. He was a tireless advocate of the study of oriental languages and a keen fundraiser, whose legacy was less his scholarship than the institutions, funds, and collections whose creation at Oxford he spearheaded.