Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Ex Libris Prince Roland Napoléon Bonaparte

Prince Roland Napoléon Bonaparte (1858-1924)
C2, 30 x 50 mm. Stern sculp.


6th prince of Canino and Musignano (titles conferred by the Pope to his grandfather in 1814)
A distinguished member of the Bonaparte family, better known as a cientist - geographer, geologist, botanist and anthropologist.
He was the son of Prince Pierre-Napoléon Bonaparte (1815-1881) and a grandson of Napoleons’s brother Prince Lucien Bonaparte (1775-1840). He married in 1880, Marie-Félix Blanc (1859-1882), daughter of the wealthy François Blanc.
His daughter princess Marie Bonaparte was a famous psychoanalyst and writer, who married Prince George of Greece and Denmark (1869-1957)
A passionate traveller the prince organied scientific expeditions, namely to Surinam and Lapland using photography as a tool in his ethnographic studies.
He then focused his interests in Botany having gathered one of the largest and most important private herbariums in the world kept at his house in Paris.
Faithful to the memories of his famous great uncle - the Emperor, he also made an outsatnding collection of Napoleonic memorabilia apart from having formed an important library.
He was elected president of the Société de Géographie in 1910 and member of the Académie des Sciences in 1907, having been elected its president in 1919.


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