BURTON, RICHARD FRANCIS, [SIR] Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855-56. First edition. Three volumes, publisher's dark blue cloth, covers stamped in black, printed brown endpapers. 8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches (22 x 14 cm); [xvi], 388 pp., 24 pp. ads; iv, 426 pp.; [ii], x, 448 pp.; with 14 plates (8 tinted lithographs, 5 chromolithographs, one wood-engraving) and four maps and plans. The joints of the binding discreetly renewed, the original spines laid down, but retaining the original endpapers without repair, the binding probably tightened, but in overall appearance quite bright. The title pages with the stamp of King's Inn Library, Dublin on the verso (repeated on the last page of two of the volumes), stain or offset to the frontispiece of the third volume, else occasional minor foxing but internally generally clean.
Burton was the first English Christian to enter Mecca and the first European to travel between the holy cities of Islam by the Eastern route. His journey (undertaken in Arab dress) was undertaken at some risk, as if his imposture had been discovered he would almost certainly have been killed. Casada 53; Hilmy I, p. 111; Penzer, p. 43.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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