Burton’s early adventures as a young infantry officer in Sind between 1844 and 1849 set the tone for the rest of his career. He became proficient in several languages and learnt to ‘master cultures with such proficiency as to enable him to pass among native peoples in disguise’ (ODNB). After leaving his post as consul at Trieste late in 1875 he decided to return to India, sailing from England by way of Jeddah to Bombay, proceeding thence to Hyderabad before making a brief tour of Sind, returning to England via Goa and Suez.
Burton intended that this much updated text on India after the mutiny be illustrated with a map and photographs taken on his 1876 journey with Isabel However his publisher returned the map and photographs he had sent him as he considered the expense would be too great.
First edition. 2 vols, 8vo, xii, 343; iv, 331 pp., half-title in vol. I, not called for in vol. II, a few small spots, else clean and bright copy, book label removed from lower pastedown of second volume, original grey mauve cloth, covers stamped with borders and floral designs in black, spines gilt, ex-libris shelf marks removed from spines, extremities a little rubbed, a very good set.
Penzer 94-95; Casada 61.
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