Burton, Richard F.
FIRST FOOTSTEPS IN EAST AFRICA; OR, AN EXPLORATION OF HARAR [SIGNED BY BURTON]London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1856. First Edition, Second Issue.
Richard F. Burton
FIRST FOOTSTEPS IN EAST AFRICA OR, AN EXPLORATION OF HARAR
[SIGNED] London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1856. First Edition, Second Issue. One of the great adventure classics. Richard Burton's account of his trek from the Red Sea coast to Harar and back in 1854-55 is a great read that demonstrates Burton's powers of observation, descriptive language and sincere interest in the customs, beliefs and day-to-day activities of the peoples he encountered. Offers detailed information on Muslim beliefs, manners and morals, as well as a wealth of contemporary geographic, ethnographic and linguistic data. Inscribed "H. A. Drought / From / Rich' F Burton". Bound in red cloth boards. 648 pages, 24 pages of ads, with all 4 color plates, all 7 in-text illustrations, and both maps in excellent condition.
8vo., xl, 648pp., 24pp. ads; VG-; spine red cloth with gilt lettering; moderate bumping and shelfwear to spine, boards, including slight bending to corners, fraying on head and tail of spine, wear to board edges; frontispiece tissue guard, title page, and dedication page have a blind-stamp reading 'Presented By The Publisher' in the upper fore corner; signs of repair including tape on verso of half-title and recto of frontispiece; two small waterstains on top edge of frontispiece, does not impact plate; faint and intermittent foxing; INSCRIBED on ffep 'H. A. Drought / From / Rich' F Burton'; Draught's bookplate on front pastedown. Draught knew Burton in India, and was on the same boat as Burton from India to Africa. A nice association copy; some damage to ffep, as though something was peeled off, including some small damage to 'Rich' in Burton's name; this is a second issue, as shown by the red binding (first issue was purple) and the omitting of appendix IV; contains all 4 color plates, all 7 in-text illustrations, and both maps in excellent condition; pages 505 to the end are uncut; JF consignment; shelved case 7.
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