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.
Francisco balagtas
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Francisco Balagtas, author: Florante at Laura, a Philippine epic.

By : Penélope V. Flores



Comments (2)


  1. why did jose rizal annotate dr. morga’s sucesos jas islas filipinas

  2. Santo says:

    Walang sariling paimlya si President, kaya paano natin maaasahan na maiisip niya na importante sa ating may sariling mga paimlya ang family bonding moments. May helicopter siya para bumiyahe nang malalayong lugar, kaya paano niya maiisip na mahirap para sa ating mga walang sasakyan ang bumiyahe ng bus o jeep mula probinsya. Kaya atin na lang siyang intindihin, dahil hindi niya tayo maiintindihan. Maaari natin tuloy isipin na ang katagang taumbayan na madalas niyang binibigkas ay hindi tayo kasali.

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