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First detailed study of Tibetan language

[Giorgi, Antonio Agostino] 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.