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RICHARD F. BURTON

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A PILGRIMAGE TO EL-MEDINAH AND MECCAH, BURTON’S RAREST TITLE

BURTON, Richard Francis. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Mecca. London, 1855-56. Three volumes.

First edition of “a most remarkable work of the highest value” (T.E. Lawrence), Burton’s scarce and important illustrated narrative of his journey to Mecca, with five full-page color chromolithographs, eight tinted plates, one black-and-white plate, three plans (two folding), and a folding map. Handsomely bound. $11,000.

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“FUTURE TRAVELERS WILL DO WELL NOT TO THINK THAT THEY ARE SETTING OUT UPON A MERE PROMENADE”

(AFRICA) BURTON, Richard F. Lake Regions of Central Africa. London, 1860. Two volumes.

First edition of Burton's account of his journey to Lake Tanganyika, with folding map, 12 full-page tinted plates and additional in-text woodcuts. A very desirable copy in the rare first-issue plum cloth. A lovely copy. $10,500.

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“STORIES OF FOLK GONE BEFORE AND ADMONITORY INSTANCES OF THE MEN OF YORE”

BURTON, Richard F. Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. London, 1897. Twelve volumes.

Illustrated “Library Edition” of Sir Richard Francis Burton’s lively (and often daring) translation of The Arabian Nights—the enduring, irresistible folk tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba and many more heroes and heroines of adventure, romance, mystery and magic—with 71 lush and lovely plates after the iconic paintings of Albert Letchford, handsomely bound in morocco-gilt using Arabic designs. This among the earliest complete editions of Burton’s famed translation. Housed in the original wooden box with hinged lid, upon which the title in Arabic is gilt-stamped: Alf Laylah wa Laylah, “Thousand Nights and a Night.” $9000.

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FIRST EDITION OF BURTON’S SCARCE FALCONRY IN THE VALLEY OF THE INDUS

BURTON, Richard F. Falconry in the Valley of the Indus. London, 1852. First edition of “one of the earliest of Burton’s books of travel” (Abbey), one of only 500 copies, with four full-page lithographic plates (including frontispiece), in original blind-stamped cloth. $7000.

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FIRST EDITION OF BURTON’S WANDERINGS IN WEST AFRICA

BURTON, Richard F. Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpool to Fernando Po. London, 1863. Two volumes.

Splendid first edition of Burton’s Wanderings in West Africa, with detailed folding map in Volume I and frontispiece engraving in Volume II, in original cloth. $5500.

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"WE LIVE OUR LIVES WITH ROGUES AND FOOLS, DEAD AND ALIVE, ALIVE AND DEAD"

[BURTON, Richard F.]. The Kasidah. London, 1880.

Rare first edition, second issue, of this distillation of Sufi thought, generally considered to have been written by Burton, rather than just translated by him, as claimed on the title page. Penzer speculates that the entire first edition, including first and second issues, did not exceed 200 copies. "Very few of these copies were sold, and the remainder were returned to Burton" (Penzer). Attractively bound, with the scarce original yellow wrappers bound in. $5500.

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FIRST EDITIONS OF BURTON’S TRANSLATION OF PORTUGUESE POET CAMOENS, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY BURTON IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC

CAMOENS, Luis Vaz de. Lusiads, Lyricks. London, 1880, 1881, 1884. Six volumes in all. First edition set of Richard Burton’s translations of Camoens, with commentary volumes, inscribed by Burton in Volume I of the Lusiads, “With the Author’s very best wishes, [in Arabic] Peace, Abdullah.” Sets containing all six volumes are very scarce, and presentation inscriptions by Burton are extraordinarily scarce. $4800.

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“THE EVIL NIGHTS…”: BURTON’S LAST MAJOR EXPEDITION IN WEST AFRICA, WITH NARRATIVE OF THE SLAVE TRADE

BURTON, Richard F. Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome… London, 1864. Two volumes.

First edition of this account of Burton’s last major expedition in West Africa, handsomely bound by Morrell. $4500.

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“WE LIVE OUR LIVES WITH ROGUES AND FOOLS, DEAD AND ALIVE, ALIVE AND DEAD”

[BURTON, Richard F.]. The Kasidah. London, 1894.

Limited second edition of this distillation of Sufi thought, generally considered to have been written by Burton, rather than just translated by him as claimed on the title page—copy number 5 of only 100 printed. Preceded only by the similarly rare 1880 edition published by Bernard Quaritch in an edition of just 200 copies. $3800.

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BURTON’S FIRST FOOTSTEPS IN EAST AFRICA

BURTON, Richard F. First Footsteps in East Africa. London, 1856.

First edition of one of the best and most sought-after of Burton’s works, his account of his visit to the forbidden city of Harar and his ill-fated expedition into Somalia, illustrated with four chromolithographed plates and two maps, bound by Bayntun. $2800.

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“PRAISE BE GIVEN TO GOD, WHO HAS PLACED MAN’S GREATEST PLEASURE IN THE NATURAL PARTS OF WOMAN…”

BURTON, Richard F., translator. The Perfumed Garden of the Cheikh Nefzaoui. Cosmopoli, 1886.

Second edition, published the same year as the first, of Burton's translation of "a curious piece of eroticism." $2500.

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“MATRONS AVOID THIS SITE, FOR YOUR CHASTE BREED
’TWERE VILE THESE VERSES IMPUDIQUE TO READ”

(BURTON, Richard F., translator). Priapeia. Cosmopoli, 1890.

Limited first edition, second issue, number 432 of 500 copies, of this verse and prose translation, with engraved frontispiece and letterpress title page, handsomely bound by Bickers & Son. $1650.

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A SKETCH OF THE CAREER OF RICHARD F. BURTON, 1886—ALFRED C. KINSEY’S COPY, WITH HIS OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE AND BOOKPLATE OF HIS INSTITUTE FOR SEX RESEARCH

RICHARDS, Alfred Bates, WILSON, Andrew, and BADDELEY, St. Clair. Sketch of the Career of Richard F. Burton. London, 1886.

Second edition of this contemporary biography of “the celebrated Eastern traveler, author and linguist,” with photographic frontispiece portrait. This copy from the library of Alfred Kinsey’s Institute for Sex Research, with its bookplate and Kinsey’s ownership inscription (“Alfred C. Kinsey, 6-18-45”). $1500.

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