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- DescriptionOriginally published in 1879 in St Petersburg, this important work has never been reprinted and remains a bibliographical rarity. Ivan Il'ich Zakharov originally entered the Russian diplomatic service and was responsible for redrawing the western Russian-Chinese border which resulted in the significant transfer of Chinese territory to Russia. Zakharov ended his career as Professor of Manchu at St Petersburg Imperial University; his research into the Manchu language gaining him a Doctoral degree in Manchu Philology in 1875. Although he based his approach to the grammar on the conventions of Latin grammars of his day, the work contains a mine of valuable information.
- Author BiographyIvan Il'ich Zakharov was born in 1817 in the village of Vislaia Poliana of Zemliansk County in the province of Voronezh, where his father was a sexton of the local church. After graduating from the seminary in Voronezh in 1837, he spent two years studying at the Ecclesiastical Academy, St. Petersburg, before joining the twelfth Russian Orthodox Mission in Beijing, where he studied both Manchu and Chinese from 1839 to 1850. While in residence in Beijing, he began compiling his Manchu-Russian dictionary. In 1851, he was appointed the first Russian consul in Kuldja. In 1858, Zakharov was instructed to investigate the burning of the Russian consulate in Chuchugak, which had taken place in 1855 during the Taiping rebellion (1850-1864). Zakharov successfully performed this difficult task, managing to force the Qing government to pay 200,000 rubles in reparations. He was subsequently appointed Consul-General in recognition of this achievement. In his capacity as a commissioner, with full authority to make decisions as he saw fit, Zakharov supervised the demarcation of the Russian-Chinese border in its western part; this resulted in a transfer of a significant portion of Chinese territory to Russia, and in recognition of this welcome outcome for Russia, Zakharov was promoted to the high rank of Actual state Councillor. On 13 June 1864, he was further promoted to the status of dragoman of the fifth class at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and served there in this capacity until 28 February 1868, when he retired with a hefty state pension of 1,200 rubles. In the same year, the College of Oriental Languages of the St. Petersburg Imperial University invited Zakharov to join the faculty as Professor of Manchu. Zakharov began his lectures on Manchu at the St. Petersburg University on 1 September 1869, and in 1875 he was awarded the Doctoral degree in Manchu Philology for his scholarly work. He became Associate Professor on 19 May 1879, and was promoted to the rank of Full Professor on 26 November 1884. The following September, he died of a heart attack. Zakharov is best known for his Grammar and Dictionary of Manchu, although he is also author of several articles and various unpublished materials.
- Author(s)Ivan Zakharov
- Date of Publication01/05/2009
- Series TitleLanguages of Asia Classic Texts
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 1
- Place of PublicationFolkestone
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintGlobal Oriental Ltd
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight839 g
- Width178 mm
- Height246 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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