The book - A Sanskrit Primer - is an elementary introduction to Sanskrit language and grammar. In fact, this is the most useful first reading book for any layman interested in the actual structure of Sanskrit language. To this end the book was entirely re-written for the use of English speaking students, nothing being retained that did not seem likely to meet the real need of those for whom it was designed.
Occasionally, however, as the book would probably be used by students who would have the guidance of the competent teacher, explainations were added which normally would be given by the instructor. The whole subject is covered in forty-five lessons systematically arranged. The book has carefully been revised to remove all still remaining errors.
The glossaries at the end of the book will be found complete for the exercises, but the meaning of compund words must in most cases be learned from their elements, and proper names have often been omitted, their Sanskrit forms being discernible from the transliteration. The table of contents in systematic grammatical arrangement is designed to facilitate the finding of any desired article, it may also be found useful as an outline for a rapid grammatical review. The vocabularies are arranged in strict alphabetic order.