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[Burton, Sir Richard Francis] F R G S
Wanderings in West Africa, from Liverpool to Fernando Po. by a F.R.G.S.
London: Tinsley Brothers, 1863. First edition. Near Fine. 12mo. Two volumes. Presumed second issue, with Burton's name on the spines but not on the title pages (the first copies prepared without Burton's name on the spine). Map and frontispiece with tissue guard intact. Original publisher's purple-brown cloth, triple rule on the boards, and titles and rule in gilt on the spines. Near Fine overall with the second volume almost completely uncut and unopened. Both spines lightly faded, brief private library notations on the front pastedowns and very faint remnants on the spines. After his marriage to Isabel Arundell, Burton entered the Foreign Service as consul at Fernando Po (now the island Bioko) in Equatorial Guinea, where the inclement weather forced him to spend much of his time elsewhere. His exploration of the coast of West Africa is greatly detailed in these two volumes, and it remains a cornerstone in exploration narratives. A very attractive pair, housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell box by Asprey. Penzer pp. 71-72. Near Fine.
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books
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