BURTON, Richard Francis and Charles F. Tyrwhitt DRAKE. Unexplored Syria. Visits to the Libanus, the Tulul El Safà, the Anti-Libanus, the Northern Libanus, and the 'Alàh. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1872. 2 volumes, 8°(228 x 147mm). Folding map and 27 plates, 11 folding. Original yellow cloth, black-lettered spines, upper covers with decorative double rule in black, lower covers blind-stamped, (mostly unopened, Vol. I spine strengthened, Vol. II inner hinges cracked).
FIRST EDITION, RARE THIRD ISSUE. Complete copies were scarce in Penzer's day and now rare. The Burtons rode to Palmyra, Baalbek and the Cedars of Lebanon with Drake and E.H. Palmer on their first encounter, before Drake and Burton set out on their archaeological expedition the following year. Burton did not see Palmer again until 1880 in the Midian but when Burton was recalled from Damascus (a 'wicked and unforgivable' Government blunder according to Penzer), it was Palmer who wrote in protest to the Civil Service Gazette. And when Palmer disappeared in the Sinai desert in 1882, it was Burton who set off in pursuit at the behest of the Foreign Office. Lovell writes that the 'Palmer affair marks an end to Burton's physical adventures' and an upsurge in his literary output. Penzer p. 85-88. Casada 68.
Charles F. Tyrwhitt DRAKE. The Literary Remains of the late Charles F. Tyrwhitt Drake. Edited with a Memoir by Walter Besant. London: Richard Bentley, 1877. 8° (227 x 150mm). Frontispiece portrait. Grey cloth gilt, ruled in black and blind, (slightly worn). FIRST EDITION, including a long extract from 'a communication forwarded to [the Editor] by Captain Burton' and a Memoir by Isabel Burton. Drake's writings from 1866 on North Africa and Egypt, his work with the Palestine Exploration Fund and Prof. Palmer 1869-1874 and journey to Hamah, Syria in 1870. (3)