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Sir Richard Burton's Travels in Arabia and Africa: Four Lectures from a Huntington Library Manuscript

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Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890)—explorer, linguist, anthropologist—was one of the most fascinating figures of the Victorian era. In 1866, while serving as British consul in Brazil, he presented four lectures on the highlights of his travels in Arabia and Africa. The first two lectures describe the visits Burton made to Medina and Mecca disguised as an Islamic pilgrim. The r ...more
Hardcover, 110 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Huntington Library Press
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In the late 1860s, Richard Francis Burton served as British consul to Brazil, where he delivered a series of four lectures to a Brazilian audience of notables. These lectures were excerpted from three of his books, A Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah (1855), First Footsteps in East Africa (1856), and A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome (1864).

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Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian, and Af ...more
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