Explorations of the The Highlands of the Brazil; With A Full Account of the Gold and Diamond Mines. Also Canoeing Down 1500 Miles of the Great River Sao Francisco, From Sabra to the Sea. - Richard F. Burton 1869 - Tinsley Brothers, London - First Edition A handsome two volume set of Sir Richard Francis Burton’s account of his journey through the central highlands of Brazil, both volumes with engraved frontispiece plates, and volume two with a folding map of Brazil.

Appointed British consul in Santos in 1865, Burton sailed to Rio de Janeiro before travelling inland and along the Sao Francisco river by raft. Eighteen months later, Burton set out for Minas Gerais to survey its mineral wealth. Lady Isabel Burton later supervised the publication, and contributed a revealing preface expressing her personal feelings regarding her husband’s views on religion and polygamy, requesting that the ‘fair or gentle reader’ bear in mind that her husband was writing ‘from a high moral pedestal’.
  Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) is best remembered for his translation of the Thousand and One Nights, and for his travels through the Middle East.

Provenance: from the library of A. Cluff, with his bookplate designed by Gavin Stamp and dated ‘MCMLXXVII’ (1977) to front free endpapers of both volumes.

References: Penzer 78. Casada 33. Levine,
Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics 131. Eakin, British Enterprise in Brazil 286.
8vo. pp. xii 443 [1]; viii, 478 [2-advertisements]. Original green cloth, gilt lettering to spines and gilt decorative block to upper boards, brown endpapers.
    Condition: Near fine with the majority of pages still unopened, occasional rubbing to cloth, spine ends and corners slightly bumped, hint of toning and gilt slightly dulled to spines, hinges starting, a few rear gatherings in both volumes slightly over-opened.   Ref: 107673   Price: HK$ 18,000