WRIGHT, William. 17201



Autograph Letter Signed, to Reinhold Rost, enquiring about an Arabic geographer’s biography, and asking whether there is an article on him in as-Safadi’s dictionary. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition, a few light foxing spots. British Museum, 30 March [?1871]. Professor William Wright (1830–1889), famous British Orientalist, and Professor of Arabic in the University of Cambridge. Many of his works on Syriac literature are still in print and of considerable scholarly value, especially the catalogues of the holdings of the British Library and Cambridge University Library. A Grammar of The Arabic Language, often simply known as Wright’s Grammar, continues to be a popular book with students of Arabic.Wright is also remembered for the Short history of Syriac literature.