[BURTON, Richard Francis and Isabel]. The Case of Captain Burton, Late H.B.M.'S Consul at Damascus. London: Printed by Clayton & Co., n.d. . 2° (335 x 214mm). Printed blue wrapper title, as issued with stab holes, in a purple cloth fold-down box with gilt calf label.
ONE OF A HANDFUL OF SURVIVING COPIES OF THIS EXTREMELY RARE PAMPHLET, printed for Richard and Isabel Burton at their expense, in the form of a Parliamentary Blue Book, printed in bold type at head of title: "For Foreign Office use only - not to be Circulated". Burton was recalled unceremoniously from his consul post at Damascus in August 1871 by Lord Granville and by September was in the Foreign Office defending his case, (unsuccessfully). The issues of his recall was taken up by Isabel who was granted an interview with Lord Granville during which he confirmed he would consider anything she might produce on the case. This 'Blue Book' is her compilation of all relevant material and which they had printed later that year. Although it was a 'brilliant defence' and the Foreign Office accepted the charges against Burton were unfounded, there was no apology and the recall stood. The affair was debated long after his death. One factor in the recall is reputed to have been Burton's inquiry into the death of a Christian in Damascus 1840 which he lay at the door of Eastern Jews and their alleged rite of human sacrifice, knowledge of which he gleaned from his studies while wandering through the Muslim, Christian and Jewish quarters of the city in disguise. Penzer seems not to have seen a copy but refers to it on p. 216.
[Richard Francis BURTON]. Report from the Select Committee on Diplomatic and Consular Services;... London: The House of Commons, 16 July, 1872. 2° (330 x 210mm). Original half roan and marbled boards, (recased with original spine and endpapers). FIRST PRINTING of Burton's later statement pn the Damascus consulate. "Captain Richard Francis Burton called in, and Examined" is contained on p. 110-112: 'The first official letter informed me that I was recalled because I was unpopular with the Mohammedans;... the head of the office justly withdrew the idea and said it was for the purpose of having a vice consulate.' Also with Burton's comments on his abrupt leave-taking of the Indian Army and general remarks on consular life, labours and pay.
Richard Francis BURTON. The Jew, The Gypsy and El Islam. Edited by W.H. Wilkins. London: Hutchinson & Co., 1898. 8° (254 x 180mm). Frontis. portrait. Original red-brown buckram gilt, t.e.g., (spine faded). Bookplate of Norman Laski. FIRST EDITION of his 1869-71 study of Damascus and his earlier writings on Islam, completed in 1874 but unpublished until after his death and with the section on alleged human sacrifice among Eastern Jews removed. Penzer p. 158. [and another edition:] Chicago: Herbert S. Stone, 1898. 8° (260 x 175mm). Frontispiece. portrait. Original tan cloth with printed spine label, (a little soiled or worn, ex-library). FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Casada 41. (4)