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BURTON, Sir Richard Francis.

Personal narrative of a pilgrimage to Al-Medinah and Meccah.

Stock Code
104971
London, George Bell, 1855
£600

An uncommon edition, here in the deluxe format, bound in morocco, with art nouveau flourishes - everything about this book is just right.

Burton was the first Englishman to enter Mecca freely as a true Mohammedan pilgrim (travelling in disguise as an Afghan Pathan) and the first European to travel between the Holy Cities by the eastern route. Burton had originally intended to cross the peninsula but was frustrated by fierce fighting among the interior tribes. He spent a month at Medina before going on to Mecca where he performed all the rituals of the Hajj. 'One of the greatest works of travel ever published' (Penzer).

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Description

York Library edition, 2 vols, 8vo, 2 frontispieces, 2 plates, original brown limp morocco gilt, fancy art nouveau design to upper cover, top edge gilt, a fine set.

Bibliography

Penzer p57.

Stock ID:104971

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