Documents de L'Epoque Mongole des XIIIe et XIVe Siecles.
Inscriptions en Six Langues de la Porte de Kiu-Yong Koan, pres Pekin; Lettres, Steles et Monnaies en Ecritures Ouigoure et 'Phags-pa dont les Originaux ou les Estampages existent en France. Paris Gravé et impriné pour l'auteur 1895
First edition, folio, 56 x 37 cm., pp., ii, 5, , 15 plates, of which 3 are double page. A complete set of text and plates in very good condition, but loose, lacking the cloth portfolio.
Roland Napoléon Bonaparte, 1858-1924, was a French prince, and, from 1910 until his death, president of the Société de Géographie. In this privately produced portfolio Prince Roland reproduced early Mongol script with photographic accuracy for the first time. The first section reproduces the inscriptions of the Kiu-Yong Koan gate near Peking in six languages, allowing comparison between Uighur, early Mongol and Chinese script. The second part reproduces letters, coins and tomb rubbings from French collections including the letters send by Arkhun to Philippe le Bel proposing alliance against the Saracens. These high-quality reproductions laid the foundations for further study of thirteenth and fourteenth-century Mongol history.