17 September 1999,
Price realised GBP 1,150
GBP 600 - GBP 800
Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890)
The Gold-Mines of Midian and the ruined Midianite Cities: A Fortnight's Tour in North-Western Arabia. London: C. Kegan Paul, 1878. 8 (22 x 14cm.) Folding coloured lithographic map. Publisher's red cloth, title lettered in gilt on spine and within black decorative design on upper cover (slight rubbing, small tear to cloth on lower board edge). FIRST EDITION.
'The tale of the Mining-Cities of Midian reads...like a leaf from the "Arabian Nights". Yet it is sober truth,' Burton asserts in the preface. Although it was published over 20 years later, he urges the reader to view his account of the search for the legendary gold mines of Arabia as a 'sequel and continuation' of the Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah. Penzer p.95.
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