BURTON (RICHARD FRANCIS) First Footsteps in East Africa; or, an Exploration of Harar, FIRST EDITION, WITH "APPENDIX IV", Longman, Green, 1856
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BURTON (RICHARD FRANCIS)
First Footsteps in East Africa; or, an Exploration of Harar, FIRST EDITION, WITH "APPENDIX IV", Longman, Green, 1856
Sold for £5,250 (US$ 8,705) inc. premium
Lot Details
BURTON (RICHARD FRANCIS)
First Footsteps in East Africa; or, an Exploration of Harar, FIRST EDITION, WITH "APPENDIX IV", half-title, 4 chromolithographed plates, 2 engraved maps, with 4pp. Appendix IV, p.593/4 snipped at lower margin [see below], original gilt-stamped blue decorative prize cloth gilt, g.e., yellow endpapers, rubbed at extremities, hinges splitting [Penzer, pp.60-63; Spink 16], 8vo, Longman, Green, 1856

Footnotes

  • FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S ACCOUNT OF HIS FIRST AFRICAN EXPEDITION, WITH THE VERY RARE SUPPRESSED APPENDIX IV ON FEMALE CIRCUMCISION. "On his expedition to Harar, Burton discovered that infibulation prevailed among the Somalis, and, following his usual thorough methods, wrote a short account on the subject [for inclusion in First Footsteps]" (Penzer). Titled in English 'A Brief Description of Certain Peculiar Customs' (p.591/2), with 2pp. of text (p.593/4) printed in Latin, the Appendix IV was at the last moment withdrawn by the publisher, and replaced by the wording "It has been found necessary to omit this Appendix". Our copy has the leaf of Appendix snipped at foot, as with other copies seen by Spink (as mentioned in a letter to the present owner, June 1976). Those copies with the Appendix we have found reference to are, as with our copy, in later issue "prize" bindings. It seems probable that instead of being "for Burton's use" (as suggested by Spink, despite the fact that Burton's own surviving copy does not have the Appendix), copies with the Appendix were discarded by the binder at the time of issue, and incongruously bound up as school prize copies at a later date, when the furore surrounding the Appendix had been forgotten.

    Provenance: "Presented to Mastr. Thos. Cook as a prize for improvement in arithmetic by his friend & tutor Robt. Palmer, M.A., June 14th, 1865", inscription on front paste-down.
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