Sunday, January 30, 2011

José Rizal's Books: Personal Library

The Philippine national hero, Dr. José Rizal had such a great attachment to his personal books.  He resented the fact that while a student in Madrid, he learned from Paciano that one book in his Calamba collection was borrowed by a civil servant.  He of course knew that when someone borrows a book, that item will never find its way back again on his sagging library shelves.  

Let's take a peek at his personal library.  among them are:

  • The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas, Spanish version.

  • Guilliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift,  in English.

  • Lives of the Presidents of the United States-from Washington to Johnson.  Deluxe, Morocco bound leather, gilt edge and illustrated copy.

  • A History of the US Presidents, from Washington to Cleveland (used copy). 

  • A History of the English Revolution: A Comparison of the Romans and the Teutons.

  • The Wandering Jew.  Eugene Sue (used copy).

  • Florante at Laura by Francisco Balagtas.  He carried this volume in his breast pocket everywhere he went.

Francisco balagtasImage via Wikipedia
Francisco Balagtas, author: Florante at Laura, a Philippine epic.

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