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Philological Proofs

of the

Original Unity and Recent Origin

of the

Human Race

Derived From a Comparison of the Languages of Asia, Europe, Africa, and America

Being an Inquiry How Far the Differences in the Languages of the Globe are Referrible to Causes Now in Operation.


Arthur James Johnes, Esq.

Eam linguam (primævam) Hebræi suam dicunt, Syri suam, Verius asseritur primævam linguam nullibi puram extare, sed reliquias ejus esse in omnibus linguis. GROTIUS Annot. Genes , XI.


John Russell Smith

4, Old Compton Street, Soho Square



Dedication. Introduction. On The Connexion Of The Conclusions Of This Work With History, Sacred And Profane, And With The Results Of Science. Plan Of This Investigation. Lord Bacon's Principles Applicable To Inquiries Into The Origin And Changes Of Human Languages. Chapter I. On The Evidence Furnished By A Comparison Of Their Languages Of The Original Unity Of The Various Nations Of The Continents Of Asia, Europe, Africa, And America. Chapter II. On The Differences Which Distinguish Individual Languages Of The Four Continents. Chapter III. On The Origin Of Synonymes. Chapter IV. On The Original Identity Of The English, Welsh, Hindoos, And Other Nations Classed As Indo European With The Jews, Arabians, Etc. Chapter V. Identity Of The Egyptians With The Indians, Jews, And Other Branches Of The Human Race. Chapter VI. On The Chinese Language. Chapter VII. On The Origin Of The American Tribes. Appendix A. Analytical Comparison Of Some Of The Most Important Words In The African Languages With The Analogous Words In The Languages Of Asia, Europe, And America. Appendix B. Containing (Arranged According To The Tribes And Regions Of Africa) The African Words Compared In Appendix A, With The Corresponding Terms In The Languages Of Asia, Europe, And America. Footnotes





This volume has been published in consequence of the following opinion expressed by Dr. PRICHARD on an Essay written by the Author for a National Society, in whose proceedings your Ladyship takes a lively interest:

"This Essay contains very valuable matter, which I trust we shall hereafter see in print."

Notwithstanding the deference which I consider due to the sentiments of so eminent an authority, had I committed to the press, without revision, the hastily written Essay to which he was thus pleased to refer, I might have conformed to the letter, but I should have violated the spirit of this very flattering recommendation. Instead of so doing, I have availed myself of such intervals of leisure as I have been able to command from more imperative engagements in maturing the conclusions embodied in the present volume, of which only a very trifling portion consists of the Essay in which it originated.

Independent of the numerous claims to the respect and esteem of your countrymen, which your Ladyship has earned by the warm attachment you have ever evinced for the literature and institutions and for the welfare of the Cymry, there is no other person to whom I could, with equal justice, have dedicated a volume which has been written in accordance with your Ladyship's suggestion and request. For the same reason, in inscribing these pages to your Ladyship, I have the satisfaction of feeling that they will be received not only with the indulgence required by all works which are the fruit of intervals of professional leisure but also with that patriotic sympathy which you never fail to extend to all investigations prompted by national feelings and directed to subjects of national interest... Continue reading book >>

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