1857 Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El Medinah and Meccah
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Colour Plates, Early Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
The second edition. Complete in two volumes. Uniformly bound in smart half calf by Geo. Quinton. Volume one has a colour frontispiece, three colour plates and two folding maps. The plate titled, 'Plan of Haram', which should be on page 294, has been bound into volume two, on page 97. Collated complete. Volume two has a colour frontispiece, eight full-page plates and one folding map. Collated complete. Richard F. Burton's famous account of his journey to the Islamic holy cities of Al Medinah and Mecca, undertaken in disguise as a Muslim at a time when non-Muslims were strictly forbidden. This is widely regarded as Burton's most famous work, and although he was not the first non-Muslim European to undertake the Hajj pilgrimage, his account is the most famous and best documented. Richard Francis Burton was a British explorer, writer, orientalist scholar and soldier, who wrote numerous publications regarding languages and cultures around the world. He was a Captain for the East India Company, and an active member of the Royal Geographical Society, where he became the first European to see Lake Tanganyika in Africa. Each volume has a bookplate for, 'Sir Willoughby Jones Baronet', to the front paste-down. The half title page is present in volume two but not in volume one.
Uniformly bound in half calf. Externally, smart with rubbing to the edges. Spine is darkened. Small crack to the upper joints of volume one and the lower front joint of volume two. Fading to the edges of the boards and light marks to the boards and spines. Bookplate to the front paste-down of each volume. Hinges starting but firm. Internally, binding slightly strained in volume one but otherwise firm. Volume one is lacking the half title page. Pages age-toned but bright and clean. Foxing to the front and rear blanks. The odd spot and handing mark throughout. Some loss to the frontispiece tissue guard in volume two. Offsetting towards the front of volume one, including the title page and frontispiece.
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