Franz Bopp (1791-1867)
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In the spring of 1868, Cornell's first President, Andrew Dickson White, traveled to Europe with a long list of books and apparatus he wanted to bring back to the university. During this expedition, White acquired the library of Franz Bopp, a famous German Indologist and Sanskritist. Faculty who taught literature, language, history, anthropology, Sanskrit, and linguistics all used this valuable collection, which eventually gave rise to a rapidly growing interest in South Asian studies.

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Franz Bopp. Glossarium sanscritum. Berolini [Berlin]: Libraria Dümmleriana (Grube & Harrwitz), 1847.
From the library of Franz Bopp, with manuscript notations.

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