First edition; very rare. The Punic or Carthaginian or Phoenicio-Punic language is an extinct Semitic Canaanite language formerly spoken in the Mediterranean region of North Africa and several Mediterranean islands, by the Punic or Carthaginian people. While the idea that Punic exerted an influence on the modern Maltese language was raised as early as 1565, mainstream theories today hold Maltese to be derived from Siculo-Arabic. Punic was indeed spoken on the island of Malta at some point in its history (as evidenced by the Cippi of Melqart, integral to the decipherment of Punic after its extinction, and other inscriptions found on the islands). The book includes a grammar and dictionary of “Maltese Punic” with separate title page (“Nuova scuola di grammatica per agevolmente apprendere la lingua Punica-Maltese”), but continuous pagination. – From the library of the Ducs de Luynes at the Château de Dampierre: their bookplate reproducing the arms of Charles Marie d’Albert de Luynes (1783-1839), 7th Duc de Luynes, on pastedown. An attractively bound copy
By: Agius De Soldanis.
No of pages: 199
Issued: 1750 – First Edition.
Condition: The book is in a very good condition.