Edgar Alfred Bowring

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Edgar Alfred Bowring was a British
United Kingdom
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 translator, author and civil servant, serving as librarian and registrar to the Board of Trade
Board of Trade
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 (1848–1863), secretary to the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
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, and Liberal
Liberal Party (UK)
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 Member of Parliament
Member of Parliament
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 for Exeter
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He was the youngest son of Sir John Bowring
John Bowring
Sir John Bowring, KCB was an English political economist, traveller, miscellaneous writer, polyglot, and the 4th Governor of Hong Kong.- Early life :...

, and brother of John Charles Bowring and Lewin Bentham Bowring
Lewin Bentham Bowring
Lewin Bentham Bowring was a British civil servant in India who served as commissioner of Mysore between 1862 and 1870. He was also an author and man of letters.- Family :...


He translated various works of poetry from German into English.


  • Free Trade and Its So-Called Sophisms: A Reply to 'Sophisms of Free Trade, etc., Examined by a Barrister with Lord Vere Henry Hobart (1850)
  • The Most Holy Book of Psalms Literally Rendered Into English Verse, According to the Prayer Book Version (1858)


  • The Poems of Schiller (1851)
  • The Poems of Goethe (1853)
  • The Poems of Heine Complete (1861)
  • The Works of Frederick Schiller, vol. 5: the poems of Schiller (1875)
  • The Tragedies of Vittorio Alfieri (1876)
  • The dramatic works of J. W. Goethe, translated from the German with Sir Walter Scott, and Anna Swanwick and others (1880)

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