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WILLIAM CARMICHAEL SMYTH, ESQ.
FORMERLY OF THE HONOURABLE EAST INDIA COMPANY'S
PRINTED BY W. NICOL, SUCCESSOR TO W. BULMER AND CO.
SOLD BY J. M. RICHARDSON, 23, CORNHILL,
AND J. SAMS, HODDESDON, HERTS.
THE Persian Moonshee is a Book well known to Oriental Scholars. It was compiled upwards of twenty years ago for the use of the Students in the College of Fort William, and went through two Editions in India. In 1801, a reprint was made in London, which being now all disposed of, and no other edition having been announced to the Public, the present Editor considers he will render an essential service to Students of the Persian Language, in publishing such parts of the above work as he has already printed for the use of his own pupils. Should it meet with that encouragement which he humbly conceives it deserves, he may be induced to print the Pundnamu and the remaining parts. In the mean time, it is hoped, that the Grammar and Stories in their present form may prove a useful Manual; but such Gentlemen as wish to become proficients, and who can afford the expense of a work in two volumes folio, are strongly recommended to study the elaborate and scientific Grammar of Doctor Mathew Lumsden, the learned Persian and Arabic Professor in the College of Fort William.
The Editor has, for the reasons assigned in his
Preface to the Lutaifi Hindee, given a version in the Roman character of each Story on the page immediately opposite to the Persian text. To those who are of opinion that a moderate use of the Roman characters in teaching the Oriental Languages is desirable, the advantages of this plan will be self-evident; and those who are of a contrary opinion, may consider the paper thus occupied as so many blank pages which have added `but little either to the size or to the price of the book.