London: Chapman and Hall, 1893. First Edition. Leather_bound. 606 pp. and 664 pp., (451 pp. text, 77 p. consisting of 9 appendices, and 36 p. index.) Custom deluxe binding
Three-quarter light-brown French levant morocco over beige, linen cloth boards. Matching linen endpapers. Top edge gilt. Gilt lettering to spine. Five raised bands, ruled in gilt, with compartments double-ruled in gilt. 31 illustrations (photographs, drawings, section of maps, and several chromolithograph plates. One illustration, opposite p. 168, appears to be missing, but not removed, which may mean the publisher neglected to include it in the first place. Blank bookplate to both front pastedowns., one detached with no residue (never affixed?). Very occasional light, and neat pencil bracketing, and Recent repairs conserving of these volumes, which include reinforcing the joints, and leather patching to top of both spines. a very nice job. A very presentable, although not perfect, 2-volume biography of one of the most colorful and adventurous figures to cut a swathe through the Nineteenth Century. Very Good Plus. Item #72435
Isabel Burton's photo and to frontis. After Sir Richard's death, it is said his widow burnt a large number of papers, journals and Burton's revision to The Perfumed Garden, which some say he considered his true magnum opus, claiming "his spirit" told her to do this. So it goes. On a page preceding her foreword, the widow dedicates a "Consecration". She writes: "TO MY EARTHLY MASTER Who is Waiting for Me on Heaven's Frontiers: Whilst waiting to rejoin you, I leave as a message to the world we inhabited, the record of the Life into which both our lives were fused. Would that I could write as well as I can love, and do you that justice, that honor which you deserve! I will do my best, and I then I will leave it to more brilliant pens, whose wielders will feel less -- and write better. Meet me soon. I wait the signal!"
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