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BONAPARTE, Prince Louis-Lucien (1813-1891) -- Victor COLLINS. Attempt at a Catalogue of the Library of the late Prince Louis-Lucien Bonaparte. London: H. Sotheran, 1894.
4o (234 x 183 mm). (Some soiling to last few leaves.) Cloth.
The nearly complete collection of the literature on the world's languages up to ca. 1890, formed by Prince Bonaparte over many years, comprising 13,699 works. The library was offered en bloc by Henry Southeran and acquired by the Newberry Library which in 1902 issued an index to it.
[With:] BONAPARTE, Prince Louis-Lucien -- Deuxième catalogue des ouvrages destinés à faciliter l'étude comparative des langues européennes. London: Privately Printed by Strangeways and Walden, 1862.
12o (122 x 98 mm). Printed on rectos only. Original blue wrappers, uncut. Provenance: J.R. Abbey (bookplate).
LIMITED EDITION, one of 250 copies. Bonaparte, the son of Lucien, nephew of Napoleon I and cousin of Napoleon III, was an outstanding linguist, making a special study of the Basque language. He published some 260 books and articles. This is the catalogue of a hundred articles about fifty-five languages and dialects, twenty-three by himself (from 1847 onwards), the others by other authors, all of them reprinted for him in editions of 250 copies. (2)
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