Description: French biologist and ornithologist Charles Lucien Jules Laurent Bonaparte (1803-1857), the 2nd Prince of Canino and Musignano, penned and signed this letter the year before his death. In the letter, Bonaparte discusses his upcoming travels to Germany and Belgium as well as several species of birds.
Bonaparte was the nephew of Emperor Napoleon I, and the son of Napoleon’s younger brother, Lucien Bonaparte. He was raised in Italy, but left for America soon after his marriage in 1822. Bonaparte studied ornithology while living in the United States, having already discovered a new kind of warbler and storm-petrel. He updated Wilson’s American Ornithology and attempted to get John James Audubon accepted by the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Letter is written in English and Latin. 8 ½” x 6 ½”. Item #A00904.
Condition: Remnants of mounting to album along left margin, otherwise very good condition.