PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF A PILGRIMAGE TO AL-MADINAH & MECCAH [VOL II OF MEMORIAL EDITION]

By: Richard F. Burton

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B&W Illustrations; 479 pages; This is the second volume of the two-volume first edition, - the Memorial Edition. Bound in blind-stamped black cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine and pictorial designs in gilt representing Arab man (front cover) and desert tent (rear cover) , with script in Arabic in upper right corner of front cover. Book shows moderate external wear, with light rubbing to covers and fraying at top/bottom of spine. Stain appears on right side of front cover. Volume has red-tinted top edge. Interior is clean and without markings. Work is illustrated with tissue-guarded color frontispiece depicting Richard Burton as Mirza Abdullah, as well as b&w & color plates and in-text illustrations. This volume contains a 64-page index. Richard F. Burton - Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages. Burton's best-known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of "One Thousand and One Nights" (also commonly called "The Arabian Nights" in English after Andrew Lang's abridgement) , bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English, and journeying with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans led by Africa's greatest explorer guide, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, utilizing route information by Indian and Omani merchants who traded in the region, to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile. Burton extensively criticized colonial policies (to the detriment of his career) in his works and letters. He was a prolific and erudite author and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles about subjects including human behaviour, travel, falconry, fencing, sexual practices and ethnography. A unique feature of his books is the copious footnotes and appendices containing remarkable observations and unexpurgated information. He was a captain in the army of the East India Company serving in India (and later, briefly, in the Crimean War). Following this he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa and led an expedition guided by the locals and was the first European to see Lake Tanganyika. In later life he served as British consul in Fernando Po, Santos, Damascus and, finally, Trieste. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a knighthood (KCMG) in 1886. Edited by His Wife, Isabel Burton. 28 full page color and tinted plates. Contents VG

Title: PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF A PILGRIMAGE TO AL-MADINAH & MECCAH [VOL II OF MEMORIAL EDITION]

Author Name: Richard F. Burton

Categories: Arabia,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Tylston and Edwards: 1893

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket

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