Sir Richard Burton
by Michael Hastings
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc., 1978, [First Edition], b/w photographic plates, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0698109368
Very Good Condition, previous owners short gift inscription on front flyleaf, minor edge and shelf wear, dustjacket has a little shelf wear with some edge wear, chips and small tears to edges, surface wear and rubbing to front and back covers (see photographs)
'An extraordinary biography of the explorer, linguist, and orientalist whose life spanned the central years of Victoria's reign and reflected both the promise and the failings of that glorious age. Best known for his translations of such works of Eastern erotica as The Arabian Nights and The Kama Sutra, Sir Robert Burton (1821-1890) was in the vanguard of that age of individual exploration which saw such figures as David Livingstone and Henry Stanley march into darkest Africa with the force of empire in their wake.'