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Selected Papers on Anthropology, Travel & Exploration. Now Edited with an Introduction and Occasional Notes.
Author: Burton, Sir Richard [N. M. Penzer, Ed.]
Reference #: 1017
List Price: $290.00
London: A. M. Philpot, 1924. Limited/Numbered. Octavo. Cloth. Very Good + 240 pp. Number 23 of a limited print run of 100 copies on hand-made paper. Top edge gilt (though dulled); rough cut pages; some 'cockling' to the original brown cloth covers; beveled edges; gilt spine titles; penciled bookseller notes on rear paste-down. Very Good + overall.
Norman Penzer's Annotated Bibliography of Sir Richard Francis Burton remains a primary source guide. The present volume was his response, following the publication of that work, to "numerous requests to issue a collection of the rarer and more inaccessible of Burton's articles which from time to time he contributed to the Journals of Learned Societies, 'Monthlies' or 'Weeklies'." (Introduction, p. 7).
With an added Index, then, one finds collected here the following material: Early Days in Sind; Guide-Book to Mecca; A Trip to Harar; Notes on Scalping; A Day Amongst the Fans; Notes on the Dahoman; Chapters from Travels; Notes on Rome; Spiritualism in Eastern Lands; and his study of Italian Egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni. Some of these essays are deserving of further description:
The Guide-Book to Mecca was issued some years after publication of, and as an adjunct to, his monumental Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah. Penzer described it as a "very rare booklet" in his Bibliography at p. 78, which comment he re-states in his notes to this reprint, adding: "I only know of six copies in existence including that in my own library." (p. 23). Notes on Scalping dates from Burton's travels in America, and was written, according to Penzer, during his trip to Salt Lake City in 1860. It was published subsequently in the Anthropological Review in 1864, and appears with only minor emendations in the City of the Saints. It is a short piece, but reflects Burton's world-embracing experience and studies in that he reflects upon this practice in other parts of the world, and references the works of Herodotus as evidence of 'Asiatic Scalping'. The lengthier material in Spiritualism in Eastern Lands is, in fact, the text of a presentation Burton gave to the British National Association of Spiritualists in1878, and was subsequently found in print form in their periodical, The Spiritualist, of December 6th of that year.
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