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The Gold-Mines of Midian

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"At last! Once more it is my fate to escape the prison-life of civilized Europe … Again I am to enjoy a glimpse of the 'glorious Desert'; to inhale the sweet pure breath of translucent skies that show the red stars burning upon the very edge and verge of the horizon …" — Richard R. Burton, The Gold-Mines of Midian.
One of the great scholar/adventurers of the Victorian era,
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 13th 1995 by Dover Publications (first published 1979)
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Tom Schulte
Mar 09, 2016 Tom Schulte rated it it was ok
This is a very scholarly work, full of survey data, supplies costs, and etymological analysis of place names. Burton seeks out evidence for an auriferous Midian on the Saudi Arabian coast of Gulf of Aqaba. From the shore there of the Tabuk region, Burton looks back into antiquity and sees the gold mine of Solomon's Bathsheba and the Red Sea that swallowed Pharaoh's hordes. There is much in the way of making real Bible history here with much of the detail and footnotes and occasional glimpses int ...more
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Jan 12, 2013 Ryan Murdock rated it liked it
This account of an 1877 expedition into the western reaches of Arabia in search of ancient gold mining sites provides a fascinating glimpse into an age when we still hadn’t come to grips with the limits of our known world. It contains a wealth of detailed observations about native peoples, plants, wildlife, minerals, ruins, and the etymology of place names, and yet it is seldom dry. The sense of wonder at penetrating the unknown and the freedom of exploration are always present.

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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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