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JONES, WILLIAM.

Poeseos asiaticae commentariorum libri sex, cum appendice. Auctore Guilielmo Iones. Recudi curavit Io. Gottfried Eichhorn.

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Leipzig, Haeredes Weidmanni et Reichium, 1777. Nice contemp. hcalf. Gilt spine and titlelabel with gilt lettering. LIV,418 pp., 3 engraved plates. Light offsetting to first and last leaf. Internally clean and fine. ¶ Scarce second revised edition of Jones' groundbreaking commentary to and translations of Asian poetry.

Sir William Jones (1746-1794) was an English philologist and judge who was stationed in India in 1780. He is the founder of the Asiatic Society and now famous as the discoverer and propounder of the existence of a relationship between the Indo-European languages. As he was stationed in India, he set out to master the ancient Sanskrit language, among other things in order to study native Indian law codes, which were written in this language. Due to his excellent language skills and his already perfect mastering of Greek and Latin, Jones discovered a shocking similarity between the languages in a huge number of words. By this discovery of the connection between Latin, Greek and Sanskrit, Jones had, without realizing it initially, discovered what was to be known as proto-Indo-European, -the lost mother tongue of almost all European, Indian and Russian languages as well as some Middle Eastern ones. And thus, with this breakthrough work, Jones, for the first time in history, presents man with the fact that there exists one single, ancient, prehistoric language that led to the development of numerous languages in Europe, India, Russia and the Middle East. It was to take subsequent scholars almost a decade to uncover what exactly this language was, but because of Jones' founding of comparative philology, the likes of Karl Verner and Jakob Grimm have been able to do this.

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