The Mālim Sāhib’s Hindustāni. For use both ashore and afloat in connection with Lascars and all other low-caste Natives of India who speak the Bazaar “Bat”.

  • Willson, C.T.
  • Glasgow: Brown, Son & Ferguson, Ltd. 1939


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8vo, pp. [viii], 132, [2, ads]. Original buff paper wrappers printed in black. Some offssetting from title-page label. Wrappers a touch toned, spine creased, a few pinholes to rear wrapper, 2 touching final few leaves. Bookseller’s label of John Bruce & Sons Ltd, Nautical Opticians, Liverpool to title-page, ownership inscription of Douglas Cameron to half-title dated 28th June 1943, ‘c/o Messrs. Salts, Liverpool’ added below in different hand, ‘Book on Hindustani’ in ink to bottom edge of textblock.


A paperback 'designed to assist young ships' officers who wish to acquire a working knowledge of the low Hindustani spoken by native crews, coolies, servants and longshoremen generally round the coast of India', per the front wrapper. It was first published in 1920 and reprinted at least into the 1980s but is institutionally scarce, with Library Hub recording a smattering of 1920s and 30s editions across 6 libraries; this 1939 reprint seems unrecorded in both Library Hub and Worldcat.

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