Lot 387: Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah

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2016-01-13 11:47:08

Lot 387: 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 cloth gilt-lettered with gilt stamp moon design on cover. 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: Moderate wear to cloth, spine fading, spots of discoloration on front cover, rubbing at edges, corners bumped; front hinges cracked; foxing throughout, damp stains at corners towards end of volume, small bookseller plate at top corner of front paste-down page; else very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $250-350
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