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Record 6336

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
[Marginalia]: marginal pencil annotations throughout the book, either English or Persian, mainly appear to comment or disagree with translations eg. p.35 one line of text is annotated in Persian and another is marked * and in the margin is a ms note '*When the sun of the wine arises from east of the goblet a thousand tulips spring from the cheek of the cupbearer'; p.158 has the text 'The lion is a cat in catching a mouse; but the mouse is a tiger in battle' marked * and the ms annotation 'nonsense ', '*The cat is tiger in catching a mouse; but a mouse in the claws of a tiger'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1803 and 1836
Country: Scotland or India
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
   
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:John Drummond Erskine
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth Apr 1776
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: East India Company writer, later a landowner
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland or India
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Stephen Weston
Title: A specimen of the conformity of the European languages
Genre: Reference / General works, Language
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: The second edition, enlarged, London: Printed by S. Rousseau ..., 1803
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 6336  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Annotated volume in the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines of Torrie in Fife: Weston, Stephen, "A specimen of the conformity of the European languages, particularly the English, with the oriental languages, especially the Persian; in the order of the alphabet: with notes and authorities" (London, 1803) various pages, [DH LIB 706].,

Citation: Annotated volume in the Dunimarle Library of the Erskines of Torrie in Fife: Weston, Stephen, "A specimen of the conformity of the European languages, particularly the English, with the oriental languages, especially the Persian; in the order of the alphabet: with notes and authorities" (London, 1803) various pages, [DH LIB 706]., http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=6336, accessed: 26 January 2022

Additional comments:

The style of the annotations and the subject area are typical of several items, to be found in the library, with JD Esrkine's provenance. The book could have been annotated at any time between date of publication (when he was serving in India) and his death in 1836.

 

 

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