On the Yara dialect and the languages of Australia in connexion[sic] with those of the Mozambique and Portuguese Africa [cover title]

[Melbourne: Mason, Firth and M'cutcheon, 1879]. 8vo, pp. 6, [2]; original orange printed paper wrappers, light soiling to wrappers, else fine. A comparative study of vocabulary purporting to show a close connection between Australian language and Eastern African language. Clarke goes on to speculate on the whether or not Australians had come under ancient "white" influence, and asserts that Australia was known to the Greeks. Hyde Clarke was an engineer and amateur philologist. "Initially his ideas were no more fantastic than others current at the time, but by 1895 The Times’ obituary commented: ‘While his views on many subjects were undoubtedly original, most of his generalizations failed to commend themselves as sound to really scientific philologists.’" (David Wilson). Item #56518

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