August Kościesza-Żaba

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August Kościesza-Żaba (1801 in Krasław – 3 January 1894 in İzmir), from coat of arms of Kościesza, was a Polish orientalist, diplomatist in Russian service. He studied Eastern languages in Saint Petersburg, Russia (1824-1828). During 1848-1866, August worked as a translator in Russian consulates in Jaffa and İzmir and as a consul in Erzurum.

August Kościesza-Żaba was researching habits, literature and language of Kurdish people and in 1861, published results in French language paper Receueil des notices et récits de la littérature et des tribus du Kourdistan. He is also an author of Dictionnaire kurde-français, the first French-Kurdish dictionary (1879).

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This article incorporates information from the revision as of 17 November 2006 of the equivalent article on the Polish Wikipedia.