BURTON, Richard F. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah. London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1855-56.
3 volumes, 8vo. Contemporary full tan calf, spines with raised bands, contrasting lettering pieces and ornamented in gilt, boards with gilt-ruled double fillets, all edges and endpapers marbled; pp. xiv, , 388; , iv, 426; x, , 448, 4 maps and plans (3 folding), 5 colour-lithographic plates, 8 tinted lithographic plates, one wood-engraved plate; heads, tails and hinges a little worn, but holding firm, a few scratches; a bit foxing to plates and offsetting thereof to opposite pages.
First Edition of Burton's greatest travel book. The Personal Narrative was the result of a year's trip to Arabia, a trip which culminated in his visit to Mecca. He set off for Cairo in the guise of a Pathan, born in India of Afghan parents.
Casada 53 ('This is the best known of all of Burton's original works'), Penzer p.49f. ('very rare and increasing in value').