PRICE, William

PRICE, William. – This is problematic case. If we follow D.N.B., and there is no better source, we are doing with three contemporary William Prices.

1. Worcester 1780 — ?.6.1830. British Colonial Officer and Oriental Scholar in India. In 1811-12 Assistant Secretary and Interpreter of Gore Ouseley’s mission to Persia. He kept a detailed driary, draw buildings and landscapes and copied cuneiform inscriptions. Returned to England he concentrated on writing and taught Oriental languages at the seminary of his friend, Alexander Humphreys, at Netherstone House, near Worcester. He founded his own printing press in Worcester.

2. 17?? — 18??. British Colonial Officer and Oriental Scholar in India Lietenant (1807), then Captain (1823) and Major (1831) in the 5th native regiment in Bengal. Taught Bengali, Marathi and Sanskrit at Fort William College, from 1824 Professor of Hindustani there. Retired in 1834 and returned to England.

3. 17?? — 1835. British officer, Commander R.N. Active as officer as early as 1794. D.N.B. seems to ascribe all publications to the first, but some of them could well belong to the second.


wrote on epigraphy for the As. Res.; a collection of Persian dialogues.

– Kitāb dar naḥwī zabāa hindī o fārs o ‘arabī taṣnīf walīm (?). A Grammar of the

three principal Oriental Languages, Hindoostanie, Persian and Arabic, on a plan entirely new and perfectly easy; to which is added a set of Persian dialogues, composed for the author by Mirza Mohammed Sâlih, of Shiraz, accompanied with an English translation. 13+236 p. L. 1823.

– Journal of the British Embassy to Persia, embellished with numerous Views taken in India and Persia; also a Dissertation upon the Antiquities of Persepolis. L. 1825.

– Elements of the Sanscrit language, or an easy Guide to the Indian tongues. Worcester 1827 or 6+63 p. London 1828; A new Grammar of the Hindoostanee Language. L. 1828.

– The Subha Bilas, a Collection of Stanzas on various subjects, in Hindee, by different Authors. Calcutta 1828 (colophon 1829); Hindee and Hindoostanee Selections. Calcutta 1830.

– Husn oo Dil, or Beauty and Heart; a pleasing allegory in eleven chapters composed by Alfettah of Nishapoor. In Persian and English, L. 1828

Sources: S.F.S[mith], D.N.B. 30, 1892, 343f.; Wikipedia briefly (with SFS as the only source, but without mentioning 2. and 3.).

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