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Personal Narrative of A Pilgrimage To El-Medinah And Meccah (THREE VOLUMES).
Longman, Brown,, London 1855 - (220 x 135 mm), xiv, [2 errata], 388 pp., [4], iii-iv, 426 pp., x, [2 list of plates], 448 pp. Half-title in Volume III (not called for in other volumes), folding map, 14 plates (5 chromolithographs, 8 tinted lithographs, 1 wood engraving), 3 plans (2 folding). marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, upper edges gilt, without 24 pages of adverts in Volume I, some mild spotting to flyleaves of all volumes, mild shelf wear. Set in very good condition. The greatest traveller's name associated with the Mecca pilgrimage is that of Sir Richard Burton. He himself told the story of his venture in three substantial volumes and also his life has been accounted by others in numerous biographies. This book has been reprinted several times in several languages, but the 1856 first edition is the rarest, with all its illustrations of the journey. According to Penzer, this is "one of the greatest works of travel ever published". Burton was one of the first westerners to visit the Arab holy cities and to accomplish this he had to assume the character and costume of a Persian Mirza, a wandering Dervish, and a "Pathan". [ Penzer 43-50.] Dressed in full disguise as a Muslim pilgrim, Burton became one of the first Englishmen to travel to Mecca and other holy Islamic sites. The lyrical narratives that made Burton famous are first presented here. This title is routinely found with 13, 14, or 15 plates. (3) Bibliographic references: [Abbey Travel 368; Casada 53; Penzer, pp.49-50], Size: 8vo. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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