WHITNEY, William Dwight. Oriental and Linguistic Studies. The Veda, the Avesta; the Science of Language. New York, Scribner, Armstrong, and Co., 1873.
8vo. Original dark brown-red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards ornamented in blind; pp. vii, , 416, , [4, advertisements; light toning to paper, otherwise a very good copy with the armorial engraved bookplate of the Earl of Caithness.
First edition, rare, of this in-depth study of classical Indian texts and language, written by the American linguist and one of the foremost Sanskrit scholars of his time.Whitney deals as well with competing theories and philosophies of of language, and Steinthal's psycho-linguistic approach.