Paris: Chez Tourneisen Fils, 1808. First French Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Fold-out title page; large folding map titled "Presqu'île de l'Inde" taken from the first part of M. d'Anville's 1751 map of Asia; 13 double-page plateswith titles (mainly of Indian religious figures). Half-brown calf spine with gilt lettering; marbled paper covered boards. General wear with loss at spine ends; spine scuffed; wear to corner tips; scattered foxing; else a very good copy. Item #21877
This atlas accompanied the First French edition of "Voyage aux Indes Orientales" by the Austrian Carmelite missionary Paulin who was sent to Malabar in 1774. Paulin is credited with being the author of the first Sanskrit grammar to be published in Europe, and for being one of the first Orientalists to remark upon the close relationship between Indian and European languages, followed by others such as William Jones and Gaston-Laurent Coeurdoux.