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    Rare Association Copy

    Richard F. Burton. Zanzibar; City, Island, and Coast. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1872.

    First edition. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To dear uncle Robert / with the best love of / Richard & Puss Burton / January - 22 - 1872. / Garswood." Two octavo volumes. vii, [2], 503; iv, [2], 519 pages. Volume I with one folding map, four plates (including frontispiece), and four plans; Volume II with seven plates (including frontispiece).

    Original maroon cloth with gilt pictorial vignettes to the upper covers and spines lettered in gilt. The boards show only light shelf wear. The contents have been masterfully restored by an extremely gifted archivist with the back bones, hinges, and text blocks refreshed, realigned and restored. Previous owner's bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume. A wonderful set restored to near fine condition.

    A truly unique association copy of this scarce work, allowing an intimate look at the world in which Richard Francis Burton and his wife Isabel ("Puss") found themselves in at the time this book was published. Richard and Isabel were undergoing financial difficulties at the time and so pressured John Tinsley 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. The Burtons' dire financial situation caused them to rely upon Isabel's uncle, Lord Gerard of Garswood - Sir Robert Gerard, with whom they stayed for a brief period of time. Lord Gerard's Garswood estate had previously played another important role in the lives of the Burtons. Exactly eleven years previous to the date of the inscription - January 22, 1861 - they were married at Garswood. One could easily imagine that for the Burtons, Garswood had represented the best and worst of their lives thus far. This book, lovingly inscribed by Isabel to her uncle, would have been her way of expressing their gratitude for the helping hand extended by "uncle Robert." From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.


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