José Rizal’s Books: Personal Library
POSTED: Thursday, March 31st, 2011
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.
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|Francisco Balagtas, author: Florante at Laura, a Philippine epic.|
By : Penélope V. Flores
Tags: Jose Rizal