Robert Nisbet Bain
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
. His contributions were biographies and varied from Encyclopædia Britannica 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
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
, 1903 Biography of Leo Tolstoy
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 Translations
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
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  Bibliography 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. References
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Czigány, Lóránt. "Bain, Robert Nisbet (1854–1909)". (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography doi: 10.1093/ref:odnb/30536. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
Norgate, Gerald le Grys (1912). " Bain, Robert Nisbet". In Lee, Sidney. . London: Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement Smith, Elder & Co.
"Bain, Robert Nisbet". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 75.
Bains' works at gutenberg.org, accessed June 2010
Jókai, Mór (3 April 2007). "A Hungarian Nabob" – via Project Gutenberg.
Lie, Jonas; Housman, Laurence (21 September 2004). "Weird Tales from Northern Seas" – via Project Gutenberg.
Bredsdorff, Elias (1 January 1947). "DANISH LITERATURE IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION". 5 (1): 187–257. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0730.1947.tb00954.x – via www.blackwell-synergy.com.
Wharton, L. C. (1 November 1921). "TRANSCRIPTION OF FOREIGN TONGUES". 29 (1): 59–112. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-968X.1921.tb00762.x – via www.blackwell-synergy.com. External links
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