It comprises around 200 word lists (296 carefully selected entries each) and was groundbreaking at the time. According to today's classification, there are around 120 languages. He used a standardized comprehensive alphabet and standardized, consistent spelling .
- Sigismund W. Koelle, PE Hair: Polyglotta Africana: Or a Comparative Vocabulary of Nearly Three Hundred Words and Phrases in More than Hundred Distinct African Languages. Academic Printing and Publishing Establishment, Graz 1963, ISBN 3-201-00766-8 . (Reprinted from the London 1854 edition)