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Joseph Toussaint Reinaud



Joseph Toussaint Reinaud

Lambesc 1795 - Paris 1867


Joseph Toussaint Reinaud, French orientalist, was born on the 4th of December 1795 at Lambesc, Bouches du Rhone. He came to Paris in 1815, and became a pupil of Silvestre de Sacy. In 1818-19 he was at Rome as an attache to the French minister, and studied under the Maronites of the Propaganda, but gave special attention to Mahommedan coins. In 1824 he entered the department of oriental MSS. in the Royal Library at Paris, and in 1838, on the death of De Sacy, he succeeded to his chair in the: school of living oriental languages. In 1847 he became president of the Societe Asiatique, and in 1858 conservator of oriental MSS. in the Imperial Library. His first important work was his classical description of the collections of the duc de Blacas (1828). To history he contributed an essay on the Arab invasions of France, Savoy, Piedmont and Switzerland (1836), and various collections for the period of the crusades; he edited (1840) and in part translated (1848) the geography of Abulfeda; to him too is due a useful edition of the very curious records of early Arab intercourse with China of which Eusebe Renaudot had given but an imperfect translation (Relation des voyages, &c., 1845), and various other essays illustrating the ancient and medieval geography of the East. Reinaud died in Paris on the 14th of May 1867.
Encyclopædia Britannica, Cambridge University Press, 191111.

Main works: Description des monuments musulmans du cabinet de M. le duc de Blacas, Paris 1828; Invasions des Sarrazins en France et de France en Savoie, en Piémont, Paris 1836; Relation des voyages faits par les Arabes et les Persans dans l'Inde et à la Chine dans le IXe siècle de l'ère chrétienne (éd. par Louis-Mathieu Langlès, 1811; nouv. éd. par Joseph Toussaint Reinaud, Paris 1845); Relations politiques et commerciales de l'empire romain avec l'Asie orientale (l'Hyrcanie, l'Inde, la Bactriane et la Chine) pendant les cinq premiers siècles de l'ère chrétienne, d'après les témoignages latins, grecs, arabes, persans, indiens et chinois, Paris 1863.

Bibliography: J.-M. Quérard, La France littéraire: ou Dictionnaire bibliographique des savants, historiens et gens de lettres de la France, Paris, Firmin Didot père et fils 1864, pp. 79-83.

 



Catalogue des livres des manuscrits orientaux et des ouvrages en nombre composant la bibliothèque de feu M. J.-T. Reinaud ..., Paris, A. Labitte 1867, XII + 211 p.

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