Lot 256: English explorer, translator, writer, soldier, and diplomat (1821-1890). He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia and Africa as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. Rare ALS signed "Rich'd F. Burton," one page, 3.25 x 5.25, Arabic letterhead, no date. Letter to Lady Strangford. In part: "You would so much oblige me by getting some…from Constantinople in case you happen to write. If I am to be murdered by the rabid Henry Stanley it will be a…to die rapidly. Perhaps however he may be (mentally) absorbed or annihilated in Switzerland before that same event." In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature). An intriguing quip mentioning his fellow explorer Henry Morton Stanley, who is best remembered for finding David Livingstone in central Africa. Burton looked down upon Stanley for his imperialist tendencies and militant approach compared to his own appreciation and study of cultural differences. An excellent letter uniting the two great African explorers.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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