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The strangers East Indian guide to the Hindoostanee; or grand popular language of India, (improperly called Moors).

Author Gilchrist, John Borthwick
Title The strangers East Indian guide to the Hindoostanee; or grand popular language of India, (improperly called Moors).
Imprint Calcutta: Printed at the Hindoostanee Press, by Tho. Hubbard
Date of Publication 1808
Language English/Hindustani
Notes Edinburgh-born John Borthwick Gilchrist (1759-1841) arrived in India as an assistant surgeon in 1782. Appointed to a position with the East India Company, he became interested in Hindustani as a language understood in different regions of the country, and began the philological investigations which would occupy the rest of his life. He compiled a grammar and dictionary of Hindustani, and was appointed first professor of the language at Fort William College in 1801, where he worked with Indian scribes and scholars to publish Hindustani material in print. Gilchrist left India in 1804; this book, a grammatical guide and vocabulary of Hindustani for those in service to the East India Company, was first published in London in 1802. While 'second editions' of the Strangers [sic] East Indian Guide to the Hindoostanee have been recorded with London imprints, the only other reference to this Calcutta edition is in a Maggs Bros. catalogue from 1964 (Catalogue 891, Dictionaries and Grammars). It contains an appendix by Alexander Hamilton Kelso, a young officer in the East India Company who, to judge by his name, may have been a compatriot of Gilchrist.
Shelfmark RB.s.2715
Reference Sources Bookseller's catalogue; DNB
Acquired on 10/06/08
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