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    Richard F[rancis]. Burton. The Gold-Mines of Midian and the Ruined Midianite Cities. A Fortnight's Tour in North-Western Arabia. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1878. Apparent third or later edition (?). Octavo. xvi, 395, [5] pages. One folding map and in-text illustrations. Red cloth binding not accounted for in Penzer; front and spine stamped in black; spine lettered in gilt; rear stamped in blind. Brown coated endpapers. Spine skewed with text block sitting at a slant and somewhat loosely in binding. Backstrip toned with some soiling; slight wear at corners, fraying at spine ends; short split to cloth at front joint; small spots of soiling to rear board. Hinges splitting but still sound. Normal browning, dust-soiling to edges of text block. Regular toning to pages, more pronounced at margins. Tear out of fore-edge of pages 95-96. Folding map facing page 1. Very good, with a clean text block. While serving as consul at Trieste, Burton "absented himself... on several occasions to go hunting for gold, much to the annoyance of his superiors... [He] twice went into the Midian during 1877-8 to look for its ancient goldmines"--DNB. The Gold-Mines of Midian was the first of three books that resulted from these expeditions, which yielded few results. Penzer, pp. 95-96.

    More Information: Richard F[rancis] Burton. The Gold-Mines of Midian and the Ruined Midianite Cities. A Fortnight's Tour in North-Western Arabia. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1878. Apparent third or later edition (?). Octavo. xvi, 395, [5] pages. One folding map and in-text illustrations. Red cloth binding not accounted for in Penzer; front and spine stamped in black; spine lettered in gilt; rear stamped in blind. Brown coated endpapers. Spine skewed with text block sitting at a slant and somewhat loosely in binding. Backstrip toned with some soiling; slight wear at corners, fraying at spine ends; short split to cloth at front joint; small spots of soiling to rear board. Hinges splitting but still sound. Normal browning, dust-soiling to edges of text block. Regular toning to pages, more pronounced at margins. Tear out of fore-edge of pages 95-96. Folding map facing page 1. Very good, with a clean text block. While serving as consul at Trieste, Burton "absented himself... on several occasions to go hunting for gold, much to the annoyance of his superiors... [He] twice went into the Midian during 1877-8 to look for its ancient goldmines"--DNB. The Gold-Mines of Midian was the first of three books that resulted from these expeditions, which yielded few results. Penzer, pp. 95-96.

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