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GOLD-MINES OF MIDIAN AND THE RUINED MIDIANITE CITIES. A Fortnight's Tour in North-western Arabia
London: C. Keegan Paul & Co., 1878. First edition. With fine black & white illustrations in text and a folding map. 8vo, publisher’s maroon cloth, probable remainder binding without decorative work to the upper cover and without beveled edges, lettered in gilt on the spine. xvi, 398, 30 + 2 ads pp. A scarce find in original cloth, internally quite clean and fresh but for minor offsetting to the edges of the paste-downs and free-flys and a few ad leaves or prelims from moisture, the binding gilt is bright and the edges of the covers with unobtrusive evidence of the old moisture, the book remains a very decent copy withal and is pleasing visually. AN ESPECIALLY INTERESTING BOOK AND SCARCE IN CLOTH. In the relentless pursuit of grand fortune in his waning years Burton traveled in November 1877 into the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula, following the natives' tales of "ruined towns once prosperous with dense populations, of quarries where King Solomon found gold for the walls of the Temple, his drinking vessels, and his lion throne, of turquoise mines..." (Rice, p. 433). What he brought back from this first trip (a second followed in October) was ”not an impressive amount of geological samples but notes"--notes which he quickly put together to form this book. The book was extremely well received at publication, and went into two editions within the next year.
      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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