BURTON, Lady Isabel. The Inner Life Of Syria, Palestine, and the Holy Land, from my private Journal. London, Henry S. King & Co., 1875.
8vo. 2 volumes. Bound in blue-green half-morocco over marbled boards (first half of the 20th century), spines with raised bands, ornamented and directly lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, pp. x, 376; [vi], 340, [4, advertisements]; each volume with Woodbury type portrait-frontispiece, 2 colour-lithographic plates and 1 large folding map, travel routes coloured by hand; corners very slightly worn, spines darkened, apart from light spotting initially to both volumes and even light marginal toning, a very good and clean copy.
First edition. Lady Isabel Burton, devoted wife of Sir Richard Francis, was encouraged to write by him, having gone to meet him at Damascus in 1869. She describes her impressions and experiences of Syria, the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon, and in particular a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. 'Although she lived in Burton's literary shadow, referring to herself as "the mere bellows player to the organist", Isabel Burton was a good writer. Her Inner Life of Syria, Palestine, and the Holy Land (2 vols., 1875) compares favourably with her husband's book about Syria, to which she also contributed ... Isabel Burton was noted for her concern for animals, of which she usually kept many. Her menagerie at Damascus was so varied that only with difficulty did she keep its members from devouring each other' (ODNB).
Blackmer 246, 2nd edition only.