The Memorial Edition - Complete in two volumes with coloured and tinted lithographic plates, folding plans and folding map.
Burton’s celebrated account of his journey, disguised as a Muslim pilgrim, to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, where entry by non-Muslims was strictly forbidden. This “exploit of linguistic and cultural virtuosity” made Burton famous, and the account has become a classic of travel literature.
Burton's trek to Mecca was dangerous, and his caravan was attacked by bandits (a common experience at the time). As he put it, though "... neither Koran nor Sultan enjoin the death of Jew or Christian intruding within the columns that note the sanctuary limits, nothing could save a European detected by the populace, or one who after pilgrimage declared himself an unbeliever". The pilgrimage entitled him to the title of Hajji and to wear the green head wrap.
Handsome set and exceptionally scarce in this condition. A fascinating and beautiful illustrated travel classic books in lovely condition. This works was considered by Penzer, and by countless readers since, to be one of the greatest works of travel ever published.
Special Memorial Edition. Complete two volume set. Edited by his wife, Isabel Burton, and with three prefaces including the original Preface from 1855 by Thomas Wollev, 1893 preface by Isabel Burton, and 1879 preface by Richard F. Burton. The text of the Memorial Edition contains the full complement of 8 appendices and numerous illustrations not contained in first edition.
There are 46 illustrations within the two volumes, including two tissue-guarded frontispieces, engraved plates, and 4 fold-out plans, and fold out colour map. Published by Tylston And Edwards, London, (MDCCCXCIII, 1893). Bound in half calf with marbled boards. Gilt borders, and gilt lettering and vignette on upper board. Spine with six raised bands decorated in gilt, lettered in gilt on red and green labels within compartments two and four. Marbled end papers and fore edges.
Tissue-guarded signed frontispiece portraits of ‘Isabel Burton’
Fold out colour map of ‘The Route of Sir Richard F. Burton’
Fold out plan of ‘Harim or The Prophet’s Mosque Al-Madinah’
Fold out plan of ‘Al-Madinah’
Plan of the ‘Hujrah’
Plan of the ‘Three Tombs’
Plan of ‘Hamzah’s Mosque’
6 Full page plates (2 coloured and 4 tinted lithographic)
8 wood engraved in-text
Number of Pages: 436
Tissue-guarded coloured frontispiece of 'Richard Burton as Mirza Abdullah'
Fold out plan of ‘The Prophet’s Mosque at Maccah’
Plan of the ‘Ka’abah’
Plan of ‘Eve’s Tomb’
Fold out plan of the ‘Prophet’s Mosque at Meccah’
7 Full page plates (3 coloured and 4 tinted lithographic)
20 wood engraved in-text
Number of Pages: 479 including appendix and index
Book Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.5 cm
Very handsome and useable set. It is beautifully designed, bound and illustrated. Solid and well bound books. The bindings showing light evidence of age or use. Volume one has been very neatly re-backed with the original spine re-laid and the end papers preserved. The front hinge of volume two has some split to the leather but the hinge is strong and re-backing is not thought necessary for either utility or aesthetic motives. Internally; both volumes are in fine condition indeed. No previous owners’ name or inscriptions. A prize label of Wheelwright Grammar Schools to the front pastedown of both volumes. Volume two has the booksellers’ ticket of J E Cornish, Manchester to the rear pastedown. Occasional light foxing on few pages. Inner hinges are very good. Pages are clean, and tightly held at the gutter. Plates are lively and bright (Please see pictures).
- Nombre de livres
- Histoire, Livres illustrés, Voyages et découvertes, Voyages, aventures et explorateurs, La Mecque, Médine, Haj.
- Auteur/ Illustrateur
- Captain Sir Richard F. Burton, K.C.M.G., F.R.G.S
- Titre du livre
- Personal Narrative Of A Pilgrimage To Al-Madinah and Meccah
- Très bon état
- Année de publication de l’ouvrage le plus ancien
- Édition illustrée
- Langue originale
- Tylston And Edwards
- Couverture rigide
- Nombre de pages
- 21.5×14.5 cm