Rome, 1787. Revised edition. 5 x 7 1/2. xvi, 64 pages. LACKS the folding plate. Lower corners have a coffee-colored stain. Otherwise very good in contemporary (?) printed wraps. Item #16553
This is the second edition of the first book printed in Burmese. "These books were issued deliberately to advertise, or publish the type therein, and they have evidential value equal to that of type specimens proper. "--Birrell & Garnett. A scholarly preface is followed by a syllabary and a display of the types in the Lord's Prayer in Burmese with interlinear translation in Latin. Handsomely printed with decorative initials & tail pieces. After its conquest of Italy, the French government appropriated the exotic language punches and matrices for the Imprimerie Imperiale (Nationale).