Selections from the Popular Poetry of The Hindoos - Thomas Duer Broughton [Editor Translator] 1814 - Printed by Whittingham and Rowland for John Martin, London - First Edition A pretty and scarce first edition of the the first published anthology of Hindi Poets. Internally fine and unopened.   Thomas Duer Broughton [1778-1835] was son of the Reverend Thomas Broughton, rector of St. Peter's, Bristol. He was educated at Eton, and went to India in 1795 as a cadet in the East India Company's Bengal Army. He became a lieutenant in 1797 and fought at the siege of Seringapatam in 1799.[1] He was later appointed adjutant and assistant teacher of Hindi to the Cadet company.

In 1802 he was appointed military resident with the Mahrattas. He published his experiences in a book entitled
Letters Written in a Mahratta Camp During the Year 1809. During this period he also collected Hindi poems from the oral tradition, publishing his transcriptions and translations as Selections from the Popular Poetry of the Hindoos.

Promoted to the rank of major he was appointed to the command of Weltevreden on Java, but by the time he arrived on the island in April 1816, preparations were being made to hand it back to the Dutch, so he was returned to Bengal. In 1822 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. On his return from India he became honorary secretary of the Royal Asiatic Society,and travelled widely in Britain and southern Europe. He also published
Edward and Laura, a free translation of a French novel by a follower of Rousseau, and translations of Persian poetry.

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  Bound in three quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, top edge gilt others uncut.   Condition: Near fine, light rubbing to edges of binding, internally fine and unopened.   Ref: 104789   Price: HK$ 5,000