Printed Material - "Description du Tibet"

Scope and Content

"Description du Tubet, Traduite partiellement du Chinois en Russe par Le P. Hyacinthe Bitchourin, et Du Russe en Francais Par M.***; Soigneusemet Revue et Corrigee sur L'original Chinois Completre et Accompagness de Notes Par M. Klaproth, Membre des Societes Asiatiques de Paris, de Londres et de Bombay". This book was published by L'Imprimerie Royale, Paris in 1831. On the front cover Klaproth has written "A Monsieur Manning avec les compliments de l'auteur". With the book is a paper bag in which it has been kept by the family on which is written (not in Manning's hand) "Klaproth's Description du Tubet, Presented to T.M. by the author".

Administrative / Biographical History

Heinrich Julius Klaproth was born in Berlin and studied at the Halle University. Klaproth studied Asiatic languages, and published. in 1802. his Asiatisches Magazin (Weimar 1802–1803). He was called to St. Petersburg and given an appointment in the academy there and in 1805 he was a member of Count Golovkin's embassy to China. On his return he was despatched by the academy to the Caucasus on an ethnographical and linguistic exploration (1807–1808), and was afterwards employed for several years in connection with the academy's Oriental publications. In 1812 he moved back to Berlin

In 1815 he settled in Paris, and in 1816 Humboldt procured for him, from the king of Prussia, the title and salary of Professor of Asiatic languages and literature, with permission to remain in Paris as long as was requisite for the publication of his works He died in Paris on 28 August 1835.

Acquisition Information

This book has been kept within the Manning family and was donated to the Royal Asiatic Society by Deborah Manning in October 2017.

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