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Brünnow, Rudolf-Ernst, 1858-1917
Rudolf-Ernest Brünnow Papers
Manuscripts Division
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German Semitic philologist, Rudolf-Ernst Brünnow (1858-1917) was a professor of Semitics at Princeton (post-1910) in Greek, Latin, German, French, Turkish, Assyrian, and English. The collection consists of notes, photographs, inscriptions, tables, and descriptions by Brünnow.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of notes, photographs, inscriptions, tables, and descriptions by Brünnow, Princeton professor of Semitics post-1910, in Greek, Latin, German, French, Turkish, Assyrian, and English. The collection contains six volumes of descriptions of Roman monuments, two volumes of historical inscriptions, three volumes of chronological tables of the Roman period (AD 312-AD 640), ten volumes of photographs and description of sites in Arabia, used in the preparation of Die Provincia Arabia auf Grund Zweier in den Jahren 1897 und 1898... (1904-1909) by Brünnow and Alfred v. Domasweski, fourteen volumes of notes and quotations concerning Syria and Persia, and five volumes of notes taken when he was a student at Strasbourg in 1876-1878. There are miscellaneous single volumes including a dictionary of Assyrian ideographs, a geographic index of northern Syria, Phoenician inscriptions, a Middle Eastern time-line (800 B.C. - 200 A.D.), and a bibliography of the geography of Palestine. Also present is a small group of letters (1909-1914) in Arabic to Brünnow from Markus al Batarsi mostly concerning social life at the end of the Ottoman Empire.

A concomitant series consists of a group of approximately 850 photographs (formerly in 14 volumes) by the French photographer Felix Bonfils (1831-1885) and his firm of the Levant ("Die Provencia Arabia"), including Lebanon, Jerusalem, Damascus, Greece, Baalbek, and the Dead Sea area. [For more on this section, see the record for Bonfils photographs.]

Collection Creator Biography:

Brünnow, Rudolf-Ernst, 1858-1917

German Semitic philologist, Rudolf-Ernst Brünnow (1858-1917) was a professor of Semitics at Princeton (post-1910) in Greek, Latin, German, French, Turkish, Assyrian, and English.

Collection History


From the Brunnow library. Babylonian Historical Inscription Autograph Manuscript is AM 13742.


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Rudolf-Ernest Brünnow Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

For related published material on Felix Bonfils in Princeton University Library see:

Bonfils, Felix: Remembrances of the Near East: the Photographs of Bonfils, 1867-1907, from the Collections of the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House and the Harvard Semitic Museum (Rochester: International Museum of Photography, 1980), 20 pp., ill., Marquand Library - (SAPH) DS44.5.B65

Bonfils, Felix: Souvenirs d'Orient: Album Pittoresque des Sites, Villes et Ruines les Plus Remarquables de la Terre-Sainte, photograhié et edité par Félix Bonfils (Alais (Gard): Chez l'auteur, 1878), 53 leaves, 50 plates, ill., Firestone Library, Rare Books - (Ex) DS44.5.B66 1878q oversize

Gavin, Carney E. S.: Bonfils and the Early Photography of the Near East, pp. 442-470, 16 plates, in the Harvard Library Bulletin, vol. 26, no. 4 (Oct. 1978), Firestone Library - 0631.2344.25

Tomlinson, R. A.: The Athens of Alma Tadema, Catalogue of the photographs in the Alma Tadema Collection at the University of Birmingham Library. The principal photographs are by F. Bedford, J. P. Sebah, F. Bonfils, and W. J. Stillman (Wolfeboro Falls, NH: A. Sutton, 1991), 178 pp., 8 plates, ill., Marquand Library - (SA)DF919.T65

Subject Terms:
Akkadian language -- Dictionaries.
Chronology, Roman.
Geography -- Palestine -- Bibliography.
Historic sites -- Arabian Peninsula.
Inscriptions, Greek.
Inscriptions, Latin.
Photography -- Middle East -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Semitic languages.
Genre Terms:
Cuneiform inscriptions.
Inscriptions, Semitic.
Inscriptions, Turkish.
Photographs -- 19th century.
Bonfils, Félix, 1831-1885
Arabian Peninsula -- Photographs.
Athens (Greece) -- Photographs.
Damascus (Syria) -- Photographs.
Dead Sea (Israel and Jordan) -- Photographs.
Greece -- photographs
Italy -- Antiquities, Roman.
Jerusalem -- Photographs.
Jordan -- Photographs.
Lebanon -- Photographs.
Middle East -- Photographs.
Palestine -- Photographs.
Syria -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Syria -- Photographs.
Turkey -- Social conditions -- 1288-1918.
West Bank -- Photographs.