English=Tibetan Colloquial Dictionary.
BELL Charles Alfred (1919.)
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[With] Grammar of Colloquial Tibetan.Second editions. 2 vols. Large folding colour map. 8vo. Original pictorial olive cloth, overall a very good copy. [xxxvi], 562pp. Calcutta, Bengal Secretariat Book Depot, 1920 &
"In the first edition this dictionary was published as the second part of a 'Manual of colloquial Tibetan', the first part consisting of a Grammar of Colloquial Tibetan." Charles Bell (1870-1945) was an administrator in India and later made his name as a Tibetologist. In 1881 he left for India and eventuall settled in Darjeeling where he first came into contact with Tibetan culture. "In 1904 he was given charge of the Chumbi valley, temporarily ceded by Tibet as a result of Francis Younghusband's controversial mission to Lhasa, and in 1905 he published A Manual of Colloquial Tibetan. In 1908 he was appointed political officer in Sikkim, which made him additionally the diplomatic agent for Bhutan and Tibet. He remained in this post until 1919..." (DNB).
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