MÜLLER, Max. ~ Suggestions for the Assistance of Officers in learning the Languages of the Seat of War in the East... with an ethnological map, drawn by Augustus Peterman, London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1854.
8vo (210 × 134 mm), pp. xviii, 134, folding hand-coloured lithographed map at rear. Publishers’ blindstamped green cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt, binder’s ticket (Lewis & Sons) to front pastedown. Faded, with a couple of small inkstains to the upper cover, but a very good copy. Presentation inscription: ‘Mr. Eichhoff / hommage de l’autuer / MM’.
First edition, presentation copy, of this interesting philological contribution to the British Crimean War effort. Müller, then Taylorian professor of modern languages at Oxford, was commissioned to prepare this practical guide by Sir Charles Trevelyan. Trevelyan wrote to Müller in March 1854: ‘I have informed all our young Commissariat Officers under orders for the East that, besides perfecting themselves in French and Italian, they will be expected to learn at least one Eastern language, so that there may be among them men who will be able to communicate freely with the inhabitants of each province in their own language... We cannot tell how far and how long this remarkable intervention of the Western nations in Eastern affairs may lead us...’
Professor Eichhoff, the recipient of this presentation copy, was a professor of languages at the University of Paris.