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Robert Nisbet Bain

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Robert Nisbet Bain 1854–1909 was a British historian and linguist who worked for the British Museum

Bain was a fluent linguist who could use over twenty languages Besides translating a number of books he also used his skills to write learned books on foreign people and folklore Bain was a frequent contributor to the Encyclopædia Britannica His contributions were biographies and varied from Andrew Aagensen to Aleksander Wielopolski He taught himself Hungarian in order that he could read Mór Jókai in the original after first reading him in German He translated from Finnish, Danish and Russian and also tackled Turkish authors via Hungarian He was the most prolific translator into English from Hungarian in the nineteenth century He married late and died young after publishing a wide range of literature from or about Europe

He is buried in Brookwood Cemetery


  • 1 Works
  • 2 Translations
  • 3 Bibliography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


  • Gustavus III and his contemporaries 1746-1792 2 Bände London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1894
  • The daughter of Peter the Great A history of Russian diplomacy Westminster: Archibald Constable, 1899
  • Peter III Emperor of Russian The story of a crisis and a crime London: Archibald Constable, 1902
  • Biography of Leo Tolstoy, 1903
  • Scandinavia A political history of Denmark, Norway and Sweden from 1513 to 1900 Cambridge: University Press, 1905
  • The First Romanovs A History of Moscovite Civilisation and the Rise of Modern Russia Under Peter the Great and His Forerunners 1905 Reprint, New York: Russell & Russell, 1967
  • Slavonic Europe: A Political History of Poland and Russia from 1447 to 1796, Cambridge University Press, 1908
  • The last King of Poland and his contemporaries London: Methuen, 1909
  • Charles XII and the Collapse of the Swedish Empire 1682-1719, NA Kessinger Pub Co 2006, ISBN 1-4326-1903-9


  • Russian Fairy Tales, 1892
  • Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, London : Lawrence and Bullen 1894
  • Turkish Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, 1896
  • Tales from Tolstoi, 1901
  • Tales from Gorky, 1902


  • Mór Jókai:
    • Egy Magyar Nábob, 1850; engl A Hungarian Nabob, New York : DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY 1899
    • The Day of Wrath
    • The Poor Plutocrats
  • Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie:
    • Weird Tales from Northern Seas


  • Elias Bredsdorff: Danish Literature in English Translation; in: Orbis Litterarum 5 1 1947, S 187–257
  • L C Wharton: Transcription of Foreign Tongues; in: Transactions of the Philological Society 29 1, S 59–112
  • Roxoliana Zorivchak: The First English Translations of Ukrainian Fairy Tales; in: Forum 62 Summer 1985: S 9–11


  1. ^ a b Czigány, Lóránt "Bain, Robert Nisbet 1854–1909" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online ed Oxford University Press doi:101093/ref:odnb/30536  Subscription or UK public library membership required
  2. ^  Norgate, Gerald le Grys 1912 "Bain, Robert Nisbet" In Lee, Sidney Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement​ London: Smith, Elder & Co 
  3. ^ "Bain, Robert Nisbet" Who's Who Vol 59 1907 p 75 
  4. ^ Bains' works at gutenbergorg, accessed June 2010
  5. ^ Jókai, Mór 3 April 2007 "A Hungarian Nabob" – via Project Gutenberg 
  6. ^ Lie, Jonas; Housman, Laurence 21 September 2004 "Weird Tales from Northern Seas" – via Project Gutenberg 
  7. ^ Bredsdorff, Elias 1 January 1947 "DANISH LITERATURE IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION" 5 1: 187–257 doi:101111/j1600-07301947tb00954x – via wwwblackwell-synergycom 
  8. ^ Wharton, L C 1 November 1921 "TRANSCRIPTION OF FOREIGN TONGUES" 29 1: 59–112 doi:101111/j1467-968X1921tb00762x – via wwwblackwell-synergycom 

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  • Works by Robert Nisbet Bain at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Robert Nisbet Bain at Internet Archive
  • Works by Robert Nisbet Bain at LibriVox public domain audiobooks

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