1893-94 The Memorial Edition of the Works of Sir Richard Burton
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Colour Plates, Folding Maps, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
Complete in seven volumes.
The 'Memorial Edition' of Sir Richard Burton's collected works.
Richard Francis Burton was an important British explorer of the nineteenth century, much celebrated for his travels in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. He criticised the colonial policies of the British Empire, though he was a captain in the army of the East India Company, serving in both India and the Crimean War.
Burton was known for his translation of 'The Arabian Nights' and 'The Perfumed Garden', as well as for travelling to Mecca in disguise, at a time when non-Muslims were forbidden entry, and for travelling with John Hanning Speke in search for the source of the Nile.
'Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah', complete in two volumes. Volume I illustrated with a frontispiece, one folding map, two folding plates, six colour plates, and in-text illustrations. Volume II illustrated with a colour frontispiece, one folding plate, six colour plates, one monochrome plate, and in-text illustrations.
'A Mission to Gelele King of Dahome', complete in two volumes. Illustrated with a frontispiece to each volume.
'Vikram and the Vampire Tales of Hindu Devilry', complete in one volume. Illustrated with a frontispiece, fifteen monochrome plates, and in-text illustrations. Three pages of adverts to the rear.
'First Footsteps in East Africa', complete in two volumes. Volume I illustrated with a colour frontispiece, one map, one colour plate, and in-text illustrations. Volume II illustrated with a colour frontispiece, one map, one colour plate, and in-text illustrations. Three pages of adverts to the rear of Volume II.
This set was edited by Burton's wife, Isabel Burton.
Letter loosely inserted, letterheaded 'Badminton, Gloucestershire'; 'Returned with many thanks, I have come across one or two of Cox's quaint clocks but I cannot remember who possesses them, except one owner Lord Fairhaven, who has a clock at Anglesey Abbey of Cambridge - the smaller ..... by Cox are not described which is a pity as they were not jokes as his clocks are - Mary R - Your orchids are a great joy + quite fresh, very many thanks'.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally smart. Some minor marks to the boards and spines, a little heavier to the rear board of Volumes I and II, and to the boards of Volume VII. Spines are very lightly faded. Faint ring marks to the front board of Volume II. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spines and to the extremities. Rear hinge of Volume II is starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean, with some scattered spots mostly to the first and last few pages.
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