6012. A Tonic Dictionary of the Chinese Language

CHINA. WILLIAMS, S(AMUEL) WELLS. A Tonic Dictionary of the Chinese Language in the Canton Dialect. Canton (printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository) 1856.

8:o. (5), vi-XXXVI, (1)-832 (irregular pagination, but complete) pp. Upper original wrapper.
Later (20th century) redbrownish half leather, somewhat faded gilt spine in five compartments. A few wormholes in upper hinge. Signature on first endpaper.

Samuel Wells Williams (1812-1884), linguist, official, missionary and sinologist from the United States in the early 19th century.
Tonic - Denoting or relating to the syllable within a tone group that has the greatest prominence, because it carries the main change of pitch.

From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).