Lot 322: Burton - Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah, 3 vol
October 27, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: ( Sir Richard Francis) Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah , 3 vol., first edition , 14 plates, comprising 5 chromolithographs, 8 tinted lithographs, and one uncolored wood-engraving, 3 plans (of which 2 folding), half-title in volume 3, as issued, 24 pp. adverts at the end of vol. 1 dated September 1854, lacks the folding map and errata leaf in vol. 1, occasional and minor deft restorations to margins and corners, later endpapers, original blue straight-grained cloth with decorative tooling in black to spines and covers, rebacked, preserving back strips, lettered in gilt on spines, darkening, bumping to corners and spine ends, rubbed, [Abbey Travel 368; Ghani 62; Penzer, pp. 49-50], 8vo, 1855-56. First edition of "one of the greatest works of travel ever published" (Penzer), scarce in the original cloth. "In 1853 Burton travelled in disguise as an Indian Muslem on a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. The publication of his account of the journey brought him fame as an adventurer and also as a man of considerable knowledge about Arabs, their customs and way of life. The Present work reflects Burton's attraction to the Arabs and his belief that Islam is an equal to Christianity and Judaism." (Ghani).