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[BONAPARTE (Louis-Lucien Prince)]. Parabola de seminatore ex evangelio Matthæi, in LXXII Europæas linguas ac dialectos versa, et Romanis characteribus expressa.1857

Londoni: Impensis Ludovici Luciani Bonaparte, 8vo (220 x 140 mm), 83 leaves printed on recto only, one of 250 copies, the Price's device on title page, interleaved with blank paper, fly-leaves a little spotted otherwise nice and clean, cont. quarter morocco, lightly rubbed, marbled boards. Privately printed by W. H. Billing at the home of Prince Louis-Lucien Bonaparte at his expense. "I certify that this book was printed by me in the home of His Highness the Prince Louis-Lucien Bonaparte, and that only two hundred and fifty copies were taken... March, 1857. W. H. Billing." Polyglot text of: The Parable of the Sower. Text in 72 different European languages and dialects, each language is printed on a separate leaf. Louis Lucien Bonaparte (1813-1891), born in England, nephew of the Emperor Napoleon. During his life Bonaparte had amassed a library comprising many grammars and dictionaries for all the European languages and some non-European ones, rare items exemplifying the early printing of individual languages, and other specimens of everyday printing of the nineteenth century selected to represent the spoken languages of that day. In 1856 he set up his own small printing press at his home in Norfolk Terrace, Bayswater. From here he employed two well-establised printers, W. H. & E. Billing, to print several works on his private press, each in a limited number, these were devised for linguistic purposes and consist of Biblical text, which are used as a basis for comparative study of different languages and dialects. After 1858 he employed outside printers, notably George Barclay of Leicester Square, who was succeeded by Strangeways & Walden, and no more books were printed from his home. Darlow & Moule, 1467.

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