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Richard Burton

Frequently described within his own lifetime as the most interesting figure of the nineteenth century, Burton was one of the greatest explorers to come out of England.  A brilliant, charismatic man, Burton was both scholar and daring adventurer. Fluent in some twenty-nine languages, and with his Mediterranean looks, he was able to pass himself off as a local in many countries in the Middle and Far East thereby gaining an insight into different cultures, something usually denied to travellers.

 

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  1. Memorial edition. 2 volumes, 8vo, xxviii, [4], 436; xii, [4], 479 pp., edited by Isabel Burton, her portrait as frontispiece to Vol. I, tinted lithographed plates, one coloured, folding map, original gilt pictorial cloth, light wear, occasional light spotting, a very good set.

    £850
  2. First edition, 2 volumes 8vo, x, 303; vi, 295 pp., folding map as frontispiece to volume I, plate of the JuJu House as frontispiece to volume II, original purple-brown pebble-grained cloth, title gilt to the spine, triple blind panel to the boards, yellow surface-paper endpapers, neat repairs to spine extremities, an excellent set.

    £2,750
  3. First edition, second issue. 8vo, xxxviii, 648 pp., 4 coloured plates, 7 illustrations in text, 2 maps, occasional light spotting, original brick red cloth gilt, neat repairs to extremities and inner hinges, a very good copy.

    £2,350
  4. Illustrated Benares edition, number 12 of 1000 sets; 17 vols, 8vo, (24.7 x 16.5 cm); numerous photogravure plates from etchings, drawings and paintings, with tissue-guards, titles in red and black, marbled endpapers, endpapers a little toned; contemporary half blue morocco, spines gilt in compartments, gilt lettering to spines, spines faded, top edges gilt, others uncut, boards slightly marked, corners a little rubbed, overall a very good set.

    £3,750
  5. First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, xviii, 412; viii, 468 pp., 12 tinted woodcut plates, 22 woodcut illustrations in the text, folding tinted map, original red cloth gilt, neat repairs to spine extremities, '90' in ink to titles, a very good set.

    £3,750
 

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