With Autograph Note Signed from Burton

    Richard F. Burton. First Footsteps in East Africa; or, An Exploration of Harar - With a Signed Letter Laid In. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1856.

    First edition. Octavo. 648 pages. Two maps and four color lithograph plates. Laid in is an autograph note signed by Burton dated Nov. 4 [1875], to the London publishing firm of Smith Elder & Co., in which he suggests a correction to an unknown manuscript ("All the engravers have to do is to read [?] the letter-press and to work the enclosed into "ship-shape," preserving the lines.") The short note is written on a folded sheet of embossed Athenaeum Club (Pall Mall) stationery. The back of the note shows evidence of having been adhered to another piece of paper (apparently, at some point, the recto of the second free endpaper). The envelope, addressed to Smith Elder in Burton's hand, has been pasted to the verso of the second free endpaper.

    Bound in full maroon leather. Boards have blind-stamped borders, and spine is stamped in gold with a black spine label stamped in gold. Boards show some rubbing with rounded corners. Page edges and endpapers are marbled. Upper spine edge has been chipped and filled with a similarly matched piece of leather. Penciled ownership name on verso of front free endpaper; two inked names to recto of second free endpaper, including one pasted in. Also, hand-drawn and colored borders on recto and verso of second free endpaper, serving as "frames" for the (now laid in) note and the envelope. Second free endpaper also with closed tears and some discoloration. Overall, very good.

    Known for his exploits as a traveler and explorer, Burton recounts his journey through an unknown and largely unexplored Africa.

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