London: Tinsley Brothers, 1863. Hardcover. Very good. Two volumes in the rarest binding state (without Burton’s name or FRGS on the spines), but with a “second edition” slug on the title pages. This state was apparently unknown to Penzer and was probably the result of an attempt to boost sales by the publisher, as the text is unchanged. Plate of Julu house is the frontispiece to Volume I, and the map (now detached and laid in) is in Volume II. . Both volumes lightly bumped/rubbed, but clean and sound. Small bookplate of F.H. Spencer on each front pastedown. Much to his dismay, Burton’s first consular posting landed him on a small, desolate island off the coast of West Africa. He took every opportunity to leave the place, exploring various parts of the mainland and making observations on cultural and traditions, health and sanitary conditions, and slavery, among other things. The account of his journeys into Sierra Leone and Nigeria to investigate stories of gold and gold mining is credited with drawing public attention to mining prospects in the region. Penzer 71-72; Casada 70.
List 6: Richard F. Burton
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London: Robert Hardwicke, 1865. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 121 pp, re-bound in plain brown buckram with gilt lettering on spine. Some abrasion to the inner margins (from the re-binding process) visible at the gutter, otherwise very clean. No errata leaf. Armorial bookplate of Alan Cathart, Lord Cathcart laid in. Penzer (pp 77-78) describes this work as "a bitter satire, in blank verse, enumerating many of the crimes which England has committed, and castigating her hypocrisy," and deems it "certainly one of the cleverest of all Burton's books." He ascribes its rarity in part to the fact that Isabel Burton bought up and destroyed a large number of the copies, also noting that it is likely fewer than 200 were printed to begin with. See also Casada 62.
London: Society of Arts, 1875. First Edition. Two issues of the Journal of the Society of the Arts bound together, containing the two parts of Burton's article. 8 vo, pp. 979-986; 996-1006, with a total of 5 plates (including 3 plans of the Port of Trieste) and several tables. The wrappers are not bound in, but otherwise the issues are complete, with other articles and many ads. Bound in three-quarter calf and pebbled cloth, with much of the backstrip either lost or heavily scuffed. Hinges secure and contents clean. Penzer p. 226. Burton became Consul at Trieste in 1872. Here he offers an overview of the history of the Port from Roman times to the modern "Commercial Period," including much detail on current economic activities and an analysis of recent construction and development.
London: Harrison and Sons, 1883. First separate edition, an offprint from the Journal of the Anthropological Institute, May 1883. 8vo, 6 pp, with one plate, showing axes collected by the authors on the Gold Coast. Fine copy in original green wrappers, bound into modern three-quarter cloth and marbled boards, with mounted paper label. Quite scarce in this form.
London: Tylston and Edwards, 1894. Hardcover. Near fine. Memorial Edition. Two volumes, pp xxiv, 209; 276, , with four color plates, two maps, and additional illustrations in the text. Original black cloth stamped in gilt. Small, pales stain on front board of Vol. I, very light wear to extremities, some foxing to front and end matter; bindings sound, contents clean. A very attractive set. DNB: "Even as [Burton] completed the manuscript of his Personal Narrative [of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinh and Mecca]...he was planning the penetration of another forbidden city. This time his objective was Harar, an important religious centre and notorious base for the slave trade in Somalia. No European had ever entered Harar, and its inhabitants believed that should any Christian do so, the city would fall.... Burton sailed from Aden on 29 October 1854, disguised as a Turkish merchant. After some pleasant preparatory weeks in the town of Zayla on the Somali coast, he started for Harar. As he approached the city, however, he fell under suspicion of being a foreign spy. Reasoning that his Turkish identity would afford little protection from the amir of Harar, who was notorious for capriciously executing people or leaving them to languish in his dungeons, he decided to present himself as a British agent on a diplomatic mission, forging a letter to that effect, in hopes that the amir would be unwilling to offend the British government. On 3 January 1855 he entered Harar. The amir received him courteously, although Burton spent an uneasy ten days in the city before being allowed to depart."
London: 1886. First Edition. Two works "translated from the Brazilian" in one volume. pp. vii, 101; viii, 138. A near fine, unrestored copy in original printed wrappers with a few small chips and tears. Penzer pp. 149-150. Two of several translations begun by the Burtons in the late 1860s, when Burton was appointed Consul at Santos and they lived in Sao Paolo.
London: Printed for Private Circulation by Harrison and Sons, 1879. First Edition. 7 pp. Disbound from a larger volume and without wrappers, else very good, with minor shelfwear. Issued a year before the first volume of his full translation of Camoens' Lusiads, this is Burton's translation of the episode "that is, perhaps one of the most famous in a poem famed for its beautiful episodes." It describes the murder "and the strange and awful solemnity of enthroning after her death" of Ignez de castro, the daughter of D. Pedro de Castro, Lord of Galicia. Rare, with just 2 institutional holdings located (Huntington, Biblioteca civica Attilio Hortis [Trieste]). Penzer pp. 27, 235.
London: Tinsley Brothers, 1869. First Edition. Two volumes. 8vo, pp xii, 443; viii, 478,  (ads), each with engraved frontispiece and title page vignette. Publisher's green cloth ruled in blind on the boards. Not first issue, but also not matching Penzer's description of the second issue binding, and with no folding map. Bindings feel a bit delicate but are still sound. Boards show only light wear to the extremities. Bookplate of English doctor, inventor and book collector George Merryweather (1794-1870) on front pastedown of each volume, and some light penciled notes in the margins, as well as a page of penciled notes on the text laid in. Account of Burton's journey from Rio to the rich mining area of Minas Gerais via Tres Barras, River Velhas, Penedond Paulo Afonso Falls. He canoed down the entire 3,000 kilometer length of the previously uncharted Sao Francisco River to the Atlantic. Borba de Moraes I, p. 110; Penzer pp. 78-79.
London: Richard Bentley, 1851. First Edition. 8vo, pp. viii, 368, with four tinted plates and folding map of the South Eastern and Western Coast of India. Original publisher's fawn cloth with ornamental border in blind on both covers. A very good, unrestored copy. Some puckering to the cloth, head of spine with minor fraying and short splits in cloth along the joints, corners bumped. Internally quite clean, hinges sound. Bookplate of Elliot Macnaghten (1807-1888, Judge of the Supreme Court at Madras and Calcutta) on front pastedown. Burton's first book, an account his travels in southwestern India while on sick leave from the British Indian Army in 1847. He visited the Portuguese colony of Goa, went through Calicut and other cities on the Malabar coast, and ended up the Nilgiri mountains. Penzer pp. 38-39.
London: Kegan Paul, 1878. Hardcover. Very good. Second edition, issued in the same year as the first. pp xvi, 392 + appendix, with folding map (professionally repaired, with a small loss ) and illustrations in the text. Recently rebound in full brown leather with black and red spine labels, lettering and decoration in gilt. Library perforation and stamp on title page, stain to top edge of text block not visible on the pages, otherwise unmarked. Burton considered this a sequel to and continuation of his Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah, though in fact its purpose was to search for gold in the Midian desert. With the support of Khedive Isma‘il of Egypt, he was able to find a small amount of gold, as well as evidence of crude oil.
London: Tinsley Brothers, 1870. First Edition. 8vo, pp xix, 491, with frontis engraving, title vignette, and folding map. In a simple modern binding of quarter leather and patterned boards. First signature appears to have been loose at some time (based on wear to fore edge of the two title pages) but binding is now qute sound, with minimal wear. Interior clean. Bookplate of English physician, inventor, and book collector George Merryweather laid in. Burton traveled from Santos, Brazil (where he was Consul) to Paraguay in order to observe and report of the Paraguayan War, which was fought between Paraguay and the "Triple Alliance" of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay in 1864-1870. Borba de Moraes I, p. 119; Penzer p. 84.
London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1877. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo - over 7 3/4 - 9 3/4" tall. Two volumes, pp xii, 343; iv, 331. Bound in light brown/mauve cloth with design in black, stamped in gilt on spine. Both volumes lightly soiled and rubbed, corners bumped, rear hinges starting. Pinhole to spine of Vol. II. Otherwise sound and clean. Penzer p. 94-95; Casada 61. Provenance: Early owner's name (J.H. Livingstone, Nov 29, 1878) on title pages. Most recently from the collection of Burton scholar and bibliographer James A. Casada. Writing after a brief visit to Sind (then a region of India, now Pakistan) in 1876, Burton borrowed heavily from his earlier work, Scinde, or the Unhappy Valley (1851), but added material about changes that had occurred over the past two decades, as well as speculation about the region's future.
London: Quartich, 1880-1884. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Six volumes in original green cloth with gilt corners and publisher's device on front boards and stamped in blind on rear boards (not an issue noted by Penzer). All six with fore and botton edges uncut, top edges gilt. Numbered as volumes I-VI on the spines. Slight dust soiling to top edges, gilt at corners a touch rubbed, small stain on front of volume IV, but overall a very bright and attractive set. Errata leaf present in Volume I. Penzer pp. 103-106.
London: A.M. Philpot, 1924. First Edition. 8 vo, 240 pp, indexed. Number 14 of 100 copies on hand made paper. Original brown cloth with beveled edges, top edge gilt. A few spots of light foxing, else a fine copy, partly unopened. Penzer's selection of what he considered among the most interesting of Burton's relatively rare or inaccessible published papers. Includes Early Days in Sind; Guide-Book to Mecca; A Trip to Harar; Notes on Scalping; A Day Amongst the Fans; Notes on the Dahoman; Chapters from Travels; Notes on Rome; Spiritualism in Eastern Lands; and Giovanni Battista Belzoni.
Portland, ME: Thomas Bird Mosher, 1915. Hardcover. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Limited edition, one of 250 copies printed on Van Gelder paper. xxvii, 71, (2) pp, with notes and bibliography, frontis portrait of Burton. 9 x 12.25 inches. A very fine copy in original vellum-backed blue boards with original dust jacket and cardboard slipcase. Slipcase shows some shelfwear and is starting to split at top and bottom edges.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855-56. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Three volumes: Vol I, pp xiv, , 388, with folding map and three plates (two colored); Vol II, pp iv, 426, with 4 plates (one colored) and 2 plans (one folding); Vol. III, pp x, , 448, with 7 plates (two colored) and a folding plan.. Attractively bound in three-quarter green leather and marbled boards, with marbled edges, gilt spines with five raised bands. Lower corners of volume III bumped, Bookplate of Arthur H[enry] Sanxay Barwell (1834-1913, Prebendary of Fittleworth, Canon of Chichester) on each front pastedown, some foxing to the plates, otherwise very clean and sound. Burton's celebrated account of his journey, described as a Muslim pilgrim, to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, where entry by non-Muslims was strictly forbidden. The journey itself was dangerous--Burton's caravan was attacked by bandits along the way--but the greatest risk was that his true identity as a European Christian would be revealed, as exposure meant certain death. He had studied Islam and Arabic for many years, and he tested the waters by successfully passing himself off as a Muslim in in Egypt before beginning his pilgrimage in July 1853. His narrative of the journey became an instant sensation when published in England two years later. It made Burton's reputation as a linguist, anthropologist, and explorer and is now one of the great classics of travel literature. Penzer pp 49-50; Casada 53; Abbey, Travel, 368.
London: William P. Nimmo, 1875. First Edition. Two volumes, 8vo, pp. xix, 380, with folding map and 3 plates; vi, 408, with folding map and 8 plates (one double-page); additional illustrations in the text of both volumes. Bound in three-quarter green leather with marbled boards, edges, and endpapers, gilt spines with five raised bands. A lovely, fine set, with the only flaw being some light rubbing to the corners. Penzer pp 91-92. Burton spent the summer of 1872 in Iceland and produced this richly detailed account, explaining in the Preface that he hoped to offer a more balanced appraisal than those earlier works that described Iceland's landscape in overblown "scenes of thrilling horror, of majestic grandeur, and of heavenly beauty" and also a more thorough one: "Critics tell us that African travellers have so much trouble to reach the Unexplored Regions, that they are apt to report all they see at wearying length, and to empty the contents of their journals upon the public. But every mile of new, or even comparatively new, ground deserves careful topographical notices: let the general reader "skip" such photos if he likes, but let them be written at least for the purpose of future comparison." The work includes information on Iceland's people, economy, history, geography, resources, and natural history.