- Bookplates and owner's entry/ annots. on first endpaper; usual foxing. Binding trifle worn along extremities.
= Very rare first edition of this pioneering work in the field of Indo-European comparative linguistics. Franz Bopp (1791-1867) was the first to examine the common roots of Indo-European languages by means of linguistic reconstruction. Zenker II, 2810; Printing and the Mind of Man 275: "(...) Bopp in this, his first publication, proved the exact correspondence of the construction of the verb in five main branches of the Indo-European languages. He thereby established the science of comparative linguistics, 'à peu près comme Christoph Colomb a découvert l'Amérique en cherchant la route des Indes', to quote Antoine Meillet, the leading comparative philologist of modern times."