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A collection of his first editions in excellent condition.
London & Madras: various publishers, 1851-1911 - 30 works in 52 volumes, various formats. Original cloth, boards or wrappers. A full description is available on request. Generally in excellent condition, several items exceptional. Plates and maps throughout. A superb collection of first editions from the corpus of the great scholar-adventurer Richard F. Burton (1821-1890), generally in excellent condition throughout, including presentation copies of two his most sought-after titles, the Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Mecca (1855-6), and Unexplored Syria (1872), accompanied by a superb association copy of Two Trips to Gorilla Land (1876), and famous rarities such as the Guide Book, A Pictorial Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina (1865), in the original wrappers, and a set of Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana (1883) in the original parts, which Penzer, as early as 1923, declared "practically unobtainable". The collection covers the entirety of Burton's career, from his early years as a soldier in the service of the East India Company to his renowned excursions in Africa and Arabia, and also includes excellent copies of his attractive Icelandic journal, Ultima Thule (1875) and The City of the Saints (1861), his noted account of a voyage from California to Salt Lake City. Many of the titles are in genuinely exceptional condition, coming from the celebrated travel libraries of Franklin Brooke-Hitching and Humphrey Winterton. These include superlative copies of Sindh (1851), his rare ethnographic study, and Zanzibar (1872), which Casada considered his most important African work. Other rarities demonstrate that Burton was far from being a doctrinaire soldier of empire, notably Stone Talk (1865), his brilliant critique of British imperialism printed in a run of 200 copies, of which most were destroyed by Lady Burton for fear of damage to her husband's reputation; finally, a copy of the extremely uncommon first edition, first issue of the Kasîdah (Couplets) of Hajî Abdû El-Yezdî (1880) underlines Burton's accomplishments as a student of Arabic and other eastern literatures. Together this collection underlines the judgement that "although Burton is most often thought of as a traveller, explorer, or linguist, he is probably best understood as a writer" (ODNB). All items are octavo unless stated. 1. Goa, and the Blue Mountains; Or, Six Months of Sick Leave. London: Richard Bentley, 1851. First (and only complete) edition of Burton's first book. Original tan cloth, pale markings and scattered light cockling to sides, remains an excellent, bright copy. Penzer pp. 37-8. 2. Scinde; Or, the Unhappy Valley. London: Richard Bentley, 1851. First edition. 2 vols, original green cloth. Bookplate of Viscount Birkenhead. Covers lightly rubbed, with a few pale marks. An excellent copy. Penzer pp. 39-40. 3. Scinde; Or, the Unhappy Valley. London: Richard Bentley, 1851. Second edition. 2 vols, original green wave-grain cloth. Pale marking to vol. 1 front board. An excellent, bright copy. Penzer pp. 39-40. 4. Sindh, and the Races that inhabit the Valley of the Indus; with Notices of the Topography and History of the Province. London: W. H. Allen, 1851. First edition, original vertical-ribbed orange-red cloth. "Very rare" (Penzer), a superlative copy from the collection of Franklin Brooke-Hitching. Penzer p. 40. 5. Falconry in the Valley of the Indus. London: John Van Voorst, 1852. First edition, 500 copies printed. Large 12mo. Original purple-brown bead-ribbed cloth. Spine sunned, scattered pale mottling to covers. An excellent copy. Penzer p. 41. 6. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855–6. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Burton on the title page of the second volume. 3 vols, original dark blue cloth. A superb, entirely unrestored copy. Penzer pp. 49-50. 7. First Footsteps in East Africa. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1856. First edition, second issue as usual. Original pink wave-grain cloth, [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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