The Holy Bible in the Sanscrit language. Vol. I. Containing the five books of Moses and the book of Joshua.

Bible. Sanskrit. 1848.

Published by Pr. at the Baptist Mission Press, 1848
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Uncommon first edition: First volume (of four) of one of the earliest complete Sanskrit-language Bible translations. This is John Wenger's revision of the work begun by William Yates; the title-page attributes it simply to the Calcutta Baptist Missionaries "with native assistants." Save for the added English title-page, the entire volume is in Sanskrit, in Devanagari script. The printing of this Bible was spread over a quarter of a century, with the fourth volume not appearing until 1872 Provenance: Early inked inscription: "Rev. S.S. Day [/] From his friend & fellow-laborer in the great work of Missions, Lyman Jewett [/] Baptist Mission House, Nellore, Jan. 18th 1850." Samuel S. Day (1808?71) was the founder of the Telugu Mission at Nellore, the first of its kind; Jewett (1813?97) was the first to translate the Bible into Telugu, an Indian language related to Sanskrit. 8vo (22.2 cm, 8.75"). [6], 414 pp. Darlow & Moule 8002; NSTC 2B22470; North & Nida, Book of a Thousand Tongues (1972), 1142. Contemporary brown cloth, recently rebacked with similar cloth, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label; original cloth with edges rubbed and areas of discoloration. Front fly-leaf (with inscription) and English title-page with margins repaired. English title-page and one other leaf perforation-stamped by the Philadelphia Divinity School; Sanskrit title-page with inked numeral in lower margin. Pages faintly age-toned. A few corners chipped; one leaf with tear in upper margin, not touching text. Occasional pencilled marginalia, some in English and some possibly in Telugu. => A solid copy with nice provenance. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Holy Bible in the Sanscrit language. Vol...
Publisher: Pr. at the Baptist Mission Press
Publication Date: 1848

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