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RAVIER, Marcel Henri

Dictionarium latino-annamiticum completum et novo ordine dispositum cui accedit appendix

Ex typis missionis Tunquini occidentalis, Ninh Phú, 1880
Quarto (270 x 195 mm.), contemporary half green calf, marbled paper boards, spine with raised bands, gilt ruled compartments with gilt titles, worn. With half title, title, Dictionary and Appendix ‘Praecipua geographiae et historicae nomina tradens et explicans, pp. (2), xii, 1270, (2), 72. With large folding manuscript plan inserted.
Dedication copy from Mgr. Puginier who we assume is Bishop Paul-Francois Puginier (1835-92), the French missionary and key figure in the establishment and expansion of French rule in Vietnam. The licence on the verso of the half title states: Imprimatur: Paulus Fr. Puginier, and is dated 1879). This is the first edition. The French introduced Western typographic printing methods into Vietnam (Cochinchina) in the 1860’s. With text in Latin and Annamese. This is an early example of Quoc ngu printing in Tonkin. Inserted loosely is one folding watercolour ‘Plan Géneral de la Résidence de Hai-Duonc’. Cordier BI 2289.
Stock number: 9883

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