First detailed study of Tibetan language
Alphabetum Tibetanum missionum apostolicarum commodo editum.
Rome Typis Sacrae Congregationis de Propaganda Fide 1759
First edition 4to, pp.208, illustration of Tibetan prayer wheels and so forth on p. 10; Tibetan characters in text. Unopened and untrimmed in modern half calf. Propaganda Fide stamp on p.80 and trace on title. A very good copy.
The first detailed study of the Tibetan language and writing to appear in print. A considerably expanded edition, of over 800 pages, appeared in 1762 and included the author's name on the title-page. Giorgi, an Augustinian friar and a noted philologist, based his study on material sent back to Europe by the Capuchin mission to Tibet, which finally expired in 1745.