GUERRIER DE DUMAST, Auguste Prosper François, baron

GUERRIER DE DUMAST, Auguste Prosper François, baron. Nancy 26.2.1796 — Nancy 26.1.1883. French Scholar, a lay Orientalist. Son of François Louis G. de D. and Marie Françoise Nicolle. After school in Nancy studied law in Paris. Worked in army service, participated in 1823 Spanish war. From 1828 civil servant in Paris and Nancy. He strongly promoted the establishmenr of Nancy university and Musée lorrain. One is bound to ask, whether he also learned languages. Married 1826 Marie Louise Charlotte, the daughter of général-baron Louis Léopold Buquet, three sons and one daughter.

Publications: L’Orientalisme rendu classique. 32 p. Nancy 1853 (defending teaching of Sanskrit and Arabic).

Candigna et Capila. 15 p. Nancy 1853 (imitation of a passage of the Hitopadeśa); Les fleurs de l’Inde. 12+266 p. Nancy & P. 1857 (Yajñadattavadha in Sanskrit, Lartn and French – from Chézy? – and two Arabic poems, also 3rd ed. of L’Orientalisme rendu classique).

Maximes traduites des Courals de Tirou Vallouvar, ou morale des Parias. 22 p. Nancy 1854.

Des alphabets européens appliqués au sanscrit, ou Recherche du meilleur mode de vulgarisation. Nancy 1860.

Much unrelated to India: poetry, political writings, history of Lorraine, etc.

Sources: *L. Adam, Le baron G. de D. Nancy 1883; G. Dugat, Histoire des orientalistes. P. 1868, 25-38; briefly French Wikipédia with bust (some further details in the article about the family G. de D.); geneanet.org; publications listed in data.bnf.fr.

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