William WRIGHTA Grammar of the Arabic Language, translated from the German of Caspari and edited with numerous additions and corrections. Second edition, revised and greatly enlarged.
London, Frederic Norgate, Edimbourgh, Williams & Norgate, 1874-1875.
2 volumes large 8vo, publisher’s black cloth boards, blind fillets around sides, spine with gilt-lettered title. XV-351 pp.; XV-484 pp. Complete.
Second edition, largely augmented, published 15 years after the first.
A major source on the subject.
Considered by many to be the standard reference in English Language, Wright’s Grammar has been one of the most advanced reference work of Arabic grammar generally available in English since its publication.
The work gives English-speaking students of Arabic unparalleled access to some of the oldest and most reliable reference works of the classical Arab grammarians, such as Ibn Mālik and al-Zamakhsharī. The book uses both English and Arabic terminology to explain morphology and syntax.
William Wright (1830-1889) is one of Britain’s greatest Near-Eastern Orientalists. He was professor of Arabic at University College, London, from 1855 to 1856, at Trinity College, Dublin, from 1856 to 1861, and at Cambridge University from 1870 until his death. Leaving for a time teaching for an opportunity of original work, which was always his main object, Wright accepted a post in the department of manuscripts at the British Museum, in order to catalogue the great collection of Syriac manuscripts. He held many foreign distinctions, including membership of the Institut de France, and of the Imperial Academy of St. Petersburg. Many of his works on Syriac literature are still in print and of considerable scholarly value.
A very good copy.
Ref. Hage Chahine, Guide du Livre orientaliste, 5270