Lot 386: Burton's Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2016-01-13 11:47:08

Lot 386: Author: Burton, Richard F.; Title: Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah; Place Published: New York; Publisher: G.P. Putnam & Co.; Date Published: 1856; Description: xv, [1], [17]-492 pp. Illustrated with duotone lithograph frontispiece, additional title, and with a folding map. (8vo) original gilt-lettered cloth. First American Edition.First American edition of Burton's most famous, and most important, work, being an account of his surreptitious entry into the holy sites of Islam. According to Penzer, and to countless readers since, this is "one of the greatest works of travel ever published." Burton was one of the first westerners to enter the Arab holy cities and to accomplish this he had to assume the character and costume of a Persian Mirza, a wandering Dervish, and a "Pathan" born of Afghan parents. Condition: Light wear to cloth, fading of gilt; small tear to map; some foxing and darkening of pages; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $400-600
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