Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah
by Burton, Richard
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1855-56. First Edition. Hardcover. A complete three-volume set of one of the best Middle East travel accounts of all time. Housed in a later brown cloth and half-leather custom clamshell. Bright blue original boards with black decorative imprint and gilt on spine. Sunning on spines. The spines have been rebacked with more recent endpapers and rehinging, and the board edges have been expertly repaired, still with bumped edges. There is some chipping of pages, with three pages missing margin pieces of about an inch. Pages are generally clean with light soil spots on just a few and light dampstaining on margin edge of frontispieces. Toning on endpapers and pages edges. There is a blue postmarked stamp from Hejaz, the kingdom Burton traveled through, with the penciled year of 1920 next to it on the title page of Volume I. Pages xiv, errata page, 388, -24 adverts; iv, 426; x,  plate list, 448. With five bright chromo-lithographs (one a frontispiece of Burton dressed as a pilgrim) , eight tinted plates, two black and white full-page engravings, and three folding plans or maps. In 1853 Englishman Richard Francis Burton disguised himself as a Muslim pilgrim to observe an Arabia virtually inaccessible to westerners at the time. He travelled to Medina and the forbidden holy city of Mecca, ascertaining for westerners that the prophet Mohammed's tomb was in Medina, not Mecca, and meticulously describing every aspect of the cultures he encountered. His account was deemed quite accurate by later adventurers and observers in the region, including T. E. Lawrence. An amazing narrative, in a scarce set. ; Chromo-lithograph; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall . (Inventory #: 010688js)
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