Memorial Edition/ Complete in two volumes with hand-coloured lithographs, and maps
FIRST FOOTSTEPS IN EAST AFRICA is a seminal work of Africana recording Burton's first expedition into Somalia. His purpose was to explore the forbidden Moslem city of Harar, "a city whose walls no European had ever penetrated," as well as to gather information about the headwaters of the Nile. He travelled in the same disguise that took him to Mecca, as Haji Mirza Abdullah, an Arab merchant. It was on this expedition that Burton was first joined by John Speke, at the suggestion of James Outram. After some pleasant preparatory weeks in the town of Zayla on the Somali coast, he started for Harar. As he approached the city, however, he fell under suspicion of being a foreign spy...”
First Edition thus and first issue of the Memorial Edition of this highly important work of Burton. Beautiful illustrated travel classic in original bindings. Complete two volume set with four wonderful, bright chromolithograph plates, two steel engraved maps and seven steel engravings in the text printed on quality papers. Published by Tylston & Edwards, London (1894). Publisher’s original half leather with blind rules to the corner of red boards. Spine in six compartments with raised bands ruled in gilt, lettered in gilt to compartment two, third and six.
Book Dimensions: 21 x 14 cm & Number of Pages: 209, 276 + 3 pages of Burton works
Both volumes are in good to very good condition. Solid and well bound books. The bindings showing mild evidence of age or use. Library half-leather bindings with library blind stamp to rear boards and rubbing to extremities. Some library stamps and marks on some pages. No previous owners’ name or inscription. Inner hinges are very good. Pages are healthy, thick and tightly held at the gutter. Plates are lively and bright (Please see pictures).
- Anzahl der Bücher
- Geschichte, Illustriert, Reisen, Reisen, Entdeckung und Erkundung, Afrika, Harar
- Autor/ Illustrator
- Captain Sir Richard F. Burton
- First Footsteps in East Africa, or, An Exploration of Harar [Memorial Edition]
- Erscheinungsjahr (ältestes Objekt)
- Erstausgabe in diesem Format
- Tylston & Edwards
- Gebundene Ausgabe
- andere Extras - siehe Beschreibung, Per Hand eingefärbte Illustrationen
- 21×14 cm