Zanzibar: City, Island, and Coast, Volume 1

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Tinsley brothers
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Dec 31, 1872
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"The history of the sword is the history of humanity." With these words, British author, Victorian scholar, and world traveler Richard Burton begins his eloquent and exceptionally erudite history of the "Queen of Weapons."
Spanning the centuries and a wide range of cultures, Burton's rich and elegant prose illuminates the sword as both armament and potent symbol. For nearly all peoples of the world, the sword embodied the spirit of chivalry, symbolized justice and martyrdom and represented courage and freedom. In battle, it served universally as a deadly offensive weapon.
Drawing on a wealth of literary, archaeological, anthropological, linguistic, and other sources, the author traces the sword's origins, from its birth as a charred and sharpened stick, through its diverse stages of development, to its full growth in the early Roman Empire. Recounting man's long association with this weapon, the author describes in brilliant detail:
The ages of wood, bone and born
The appearance of stone swords and exotic weapons such as the boomerang
The ages of copper and alloys such as bronze and brass — used in producing the long, narrow blades of rapiers
The Iron Age during which the Viking sword of carbonized iron took shape — a weapon whose form would set the standard for the next thousand years.
Enhanced by nearly 300 excellent line drawings, the text provides an incredible wealth of detailed data about the sword and its variations: sabre, broadsword, cutlass, scimitar, rapier, foil, and a host of other arms, including dirks, daggers, throwing knives, flails, and much more.
Military and social historians, scholars and students of weaponry, as well as armchair adventurers will find this volume a fascinating, abundantly illustrated and highly readable account of this potent symbol of power.

 Explorer, soldier, Orientalist, cartographer, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat, Sir Richard Francis Burton is famed for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. Burton's best-known achievements include a perilous journey to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of ‘The One Thousand and One Nights’, the notorious publication of the ‘Kama Sutra’ and a fabled expedition in search of the source of the Nile. This comprehensive eBook presents Burton’s collected works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Burton’s life and works

* Concise introductions to the major texts

* Includes rare books appearing for the first time in digital publishing, including THE CITY OF THE SAINTS and THE LAKE REGIONS OF CENTRAL AFRICA

* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Famous works are fully illustrated with their original artwork

* Includes Burton’s rare poetry translations, available in no other collection

* Features three biographies, including the seminal text by the author’s wife - discover Burton’s incredible life

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


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CONTENTS:


The Books

GOA AND THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

FALCONRY IN THE VALLEY OF THE INDUS

A COMPLETE SYSTEM OF BAYONET EXERCISE

PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF A PILGRIMAGE TO AL MADINAH AND MECCAH

FIRST FOOTSTEPS IN EAST AFRICA

THE LAKE REGIONS OF CENTRAL AFRICA

THE CITY OF THE SAINTS, AMONG THE MORMONS AND ACROSS THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS TO CALIFORNIA

THE GUIDE-BOOK. A PICTORIAL PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA AND MEDINA

VIKRAM AND THE VAMPIRE OR TALES OF HINDU DEVILRY

A NEW SYSTEM OF SWORD EXERCISE FOR INFANTRY

TWO TRIPS TO GORILLA LAND AND THE CATARACTS OF THE CONGO

THE LAND OF MIDIAN

A GLANCE AT THE PASSION-PLAY

TO THE GOLD COAST FOR GOLD

THE KAMA SUTRA OF VATSYAYANA

THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT

THE PERFUMED GARDEN OF THE SHAYKH NEFZAWI

THE JEW, THE GYPSY AND EL ISLAM

THE SENTIMENT OF THE SWORD


The Poetry Books

STONE TALK

THE LUSIADS

THE KASIDAH OF HAJI ABDU EL-YEZDI

CAMOENS. THE LYRICKS

THE CARMINA OF CATULLUS


The Biographies

THE LIFE OF SIR RICHARD BURTON by Thomas Wright

THE ROMANCE OF ISABEL, LADY BURTON by Isabel Lady Burton and W. H. Wilkins

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON by James Sutherland Cotton


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Impelled by wanderlust and the spirit of adventure and aided by an extraordinary facility in Eastern languages, Sir Richard Burton (1821-90) was one of the great traveler-explorers of history. He was the first European to enter the capital of Somaliland and the first to discover the Great Lakes of Central Africa. He was also an Orientalist of the first rank.
But it is for his pilgrimage in 1853 to Mecca and Medina and the most sacrosanct shrines of Islam that Burton is best known — and for his celebrated book that recorded his experiences during the journey. Successfully posing as a wandering dervish, he gained admittance to the holy Kaabah and to the Tomb of the Prophet at Medina and participated in all the rituals of the Hadj (pilgrimage). He is still one of the very few non-Moslems to visit and return from Mecca.
Above all, Burton was a sharp observer — of character, customs, and physical surroundings. These pages contain a treasury of material on Arab life, beliefs, manners and morals; detailed descriptions of religious ceremonies, mosques, temples, etc.; and a variety of ethnographic, economic, and geographical information. Whether telling of the crowded caravan to Mecca, engaging in minute analysis of Bedouin character, waxing lyrical about a desert landscape, or reporting conversations with townsfolk or fellow pilgrims, Burton gives us a vivid picture of the region and its people.
Along with his thorough familiarity with the cultures and languages of the Middle East, Burton exhibited a resourcefulness and presence of mind that were to serve him well along the way. These qualities saw him through many a taut situation in a country where violence was easily kindled. And they permitted him to get to and into places a man with less enterprise would never have dreamed of going.
This book’s value to historians of culture and religion, Orientalists, and other scholars is obvious. Yet it is as a great classic of travel that it has attracted such a wide audience. Burton’s highly personal style, vigorous opinions, and his matter-of-fact humor against a backdrop of constant hazard and possible exposure have delighted tens of thousands of readers for more than a century. This reprint gives today’s readers an opportunity to enjoy this unique work.
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