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WILKINS, Charles.
A Grammar of the Sanskrita Language.

While working for the East India Company in Bengal, Charles Wilkins (1749-1836) became one of the first Europeans to master the Sanskrit language. He proceeded to set up a printing press in Calcutta to publish works in Sanskrit and other Indian languages.

London: for the author, 1808.
London: for the author, 1808.

4to, pp.xx, 662, 5 engraved plates. Sir Charles Wilkins was the first Englishman to acquire a thorough knowledge of Sanskrit. He went to Bengal as a writer in the East India Company's service in 1770, published the first English translation of the Bhagavad Gita in 1785, founded with Sir William Jones the Asiatic Society of Bengal, and in 1800 was made the first librarian of the India House Library. A very good copy bound in recent half calf. No coloured engravings - so not listed.