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16/06/2011: Rizal Display at the Library of Congress

16 June 2011, Washington, DC – To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Asian Division of the Library of Congress will have a program and display of Rizal materials from 17 to 27 June 2011 at the Asian Reading Room.

The display will feature the many versions of the novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, reproductions of some of Rizal’s poems, various mini portraits of Rizal and many books about Rizal. A second Rizal display will take place in December which will include the Spanish newspapers that featured his trial and monographs on his execution and martyrdom.

Among the books that will be on display include:

  1. DS 674.M8 1890 Sucesos de las islas Filipinas por el doctor Antonio de Morga, obra publicada en Mejico el ano de 1609, nuevamente sacada a luz y anotada por Jose Rizal y precedida de un prologo del prof. Fernando Blumentritt. In Spanish. Paris, Libreria de Garnier Hermanos (1890)

  2. DS 675.8.R5A4 One Hundred Letters of Jose Rizal to his Parents, brother, Sisters, Relatives. Published by the Philippine National Historical Society (1959).

    Original handwritten plates with corresponding translations. Jose P. Apostol, editor, notes that Rizal gave instructions to his sister Maria in Dec.1882 that all letters in Spanish that begin with “Mis queridos padres y hermanos…” be sequestered because in these he tells all that has happened and will further explain their contents if and when he returns home.

    Frontispiece photograph signed by Rizal. The Appendices include a letter dated 25th Dec. 1896 on the letterhead “Josefina” to Trinidad Rizal, and a separate document titled “Description of My Life dated 22nd February 1897” both allegedly authored by Josephine Bracken in two different handwritings. The latter is signed “Josephine Bracken de Rizal A Widow”

  3. DS 675.8.R5 C8 Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal, Philippine Patriot. A Study of the growth of free ideas in the trans-Pacific American Territory.  Austin Craig. Published by Philippine Education Company (1913) Heavily illustrated with sketches by Rizal and portraits at different times in his life.

  4. DS 675.8.R5 I7 JOSE RIZAL, Antonio Iraizoz. In Spanish. Limited Edition No. 782. published by Habana Molina & Company, printed in Cuba (1929)

  5. PQ 8897.R5.M4 1916 Mariang Makiling, A Philippine Folk Tale by Dr. Jose Rizal. In English. Foreword by Austin Craig and signed. Translated by Charles Derbyshire. (July 31, 1916) Softcover 13cm x 8-1/2cm. No publishing details.

  6. PQ 8897.R5.N5 1902  Noli Me Tangere, Jose Rizal, Novela Tagala; edicion completa con notas de R. Sempau. Casa Editorial Maucci – Mallorca, 226 y 228. Buenos Ayres / Mexico. (Barcelona, 1902) Hardback 4-1/2x7, 413pp.  Index. In Spanish. Touch Me Not, by Jose Rizal, a Tagalog novel. Published by the Editorial House of Maucci.

    Introduction: brief bio of Jose Rizal, background on the Noli and includes Rizal’s poem, My Last Farewell, written in prison before he faced the firing squad in 1896. Also includes a journalist’s description of the crowd that gathered in Luneta during his execution.  Quoted from the newspaper La Correspondencia (Puerto Rico), dated December 30, 1901, on the 5th anniversary of his death. Illustrated colored cover at the back of the Maucci edition.