Rare Burton Work on Zanzibar, in the Publisher's Original ClothRichard F. Burton. Zanzibar; City, Island, and Coast. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1872. First edition. Two octavo volumes. xii [xiii-xiv, sectional title, blank], 503 [504, imprint]; vi [vii-viii, sectional title, blank], 519 [520, imprint] pages. Volume I with one folding map, four plates (including frontispiece), and four plans; Volume II with seven plates (including frontispiece). Chocolate brown cloth with gilt vignette on the front boards of each volume and titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Bindings exhibit signs of professional repair/restoration. Contents quite nice. In general a fine set.
Richard Francis Burton was undergoing financial difficulties during this period and so pressured John Tinsley, the publisher, into advancing the publication date. As a result the books were poorly bound which is the chief reason that so many copies are either found in poor condition or have been professionally restored as has this beautiful set. Though finally published in 1872, most of the information and narrative for this Burton work is from 1857 or earlier, when Burton's manuscript went missing (intentionally, according to Burton) and was discovered and returned to him in 1865, some eight years later.
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