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The Land of Midian (revisited)
London:: C. Kegan Paul & Co.. 1879. hardcover. 2 volumes. 8vo. xxviii, 338; vii, [1], 319, [1], ads. 31, [1] pp. 2. chromo-lithographic frontispieces by Thomas Keel, vol. I: 2 chromo-. lithographic plates (pp. 50, 176), 4 hieroglyphic plates, 2 pls.. (facing pp. 71, 320); vol. II: 2 chromo-lithographic plates (pp. 158,. 174), 4 pls. (facing pp. 156, 222), large folding map of Midian. (corner torn), index. Plate total: 16 pls. (6 chromo-lithographs, 10. black & white), 1 map. Original pictorial black-stamped orange/brown. cloth, beveled edges, with gilt title stamping on spines and covers,. neatly rebacked, preserving original spine and endleaves, all to. match; rubbed. Restoration by Bruce Levy. Bookplates of George. Merryweather. Very good +.. FIRST EDITION. Midian is a region roughly associated with northwestern Arabia, including part of Egypt, Sinai and the land neighboring the northern reaches of the Red Sea. Burton traversed Midian through a 600 miles journey, visiting ancient cities, seeking gold, finding evidence of crude oil, and studying the possibilities of mining, especially of gold mining. What they did find was copper, tin, lead, zinc, sulphur, chloritic slate, tourmalines, and turquoise. In addition “he spent much time examining ruins and ancient inscriptions, inquiring into local tribal customs, collecting botanical specimens, pickling reptiles and making collections of local insects and ‘other creeping things'.” – Farwell, p. 330. ¶ “All his life Burton had looked for gold: as a young student interested in alchemy, on convalescent leave in the Neilgiri Hill of India, in California and in Brazil. Gold never lost its fascination for him. Its allure increased as he grew older and this interest absorbed more and more of his time and energy.” – Farwell, p. 327. ¶ Casada 44; Penzer, An Annotated Bibliography of Sir Richard Francis Burton, pp. 96-7. See: Byron Farwell, Burton, (1988), pp. 327, 330. . 2
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