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"I was surrounded at the time by about a dozen of the enemy, whose clubs rattled upon me without mercy, and the strokes of my sabre were rendered uncertain by the energetic pushes of an attendant who thus hoped to save me." -- Richard Francis Burton
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was an English explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia and Africa as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian, and African languages.

Burton's best-known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights (also commonly called The Arabian Nights in English after Andrew Lang's abridgement), bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English, and journeying with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans led by Africa's greatest explorer guide, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, utilizing route information by Indian and Omani merchants who traded in the region, to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile. Burton extensively criticized colonial policies (to the detriment of his career) in his works and letters. He was a prolific and erudite author and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles about subjects including human behaviour, travel, fencing, sexual practices, and ethnography. A unique feature of his books is the copious footnotes and appendices containing remarkable observations and unexpurgated information.

He was a captain in the army of the East India Company serving in India (and later, briefly, in the Crimean War). Following this he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa and led an expedition guided by the locals which discovered Lake Tanganyika. In later life he served as British consul in Fernando Po, Santos, Damascus and, finally, Trieste. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a knighthood (KCMG) in 1886.

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Total Books: 426
Mission to Gelele King of Dahome Vol 2 of 2 With Notices of the So Called Amazons the Grand Customs the Yearly Customs the Human Sacrifices  the Negro's Place in Nature
The Perfumed Garden of the Shaykh Nefwazi
2016 - The Perfumed Garden of the Shaykh Nefwazi (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781533206169
ISBN-10: 1533206163
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Letters from the Battle-Fields of Paraguay - Primary Source Edition
2014 - Letters From the Battle-fields of Paraguay - Primary Source Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781295627400
ISBN-10: 129562740X
Genre: History
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The City of the Saints And Across the Rocky Mountains to California - Primary Source Edition
The Book of the Sword A History of Daggers Sabers and Scimitars from Ancient Times to the Modern Day
A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments Now Entitled the Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night Vol 10
Unexplored Syria Visits to the Libanus the Tull el Saf the Anti-Libanus the Northern Libanus and the 'Alh
2012 - Unexplored Syria VIsits to the Libanus the Tull El Saf the Anti-libanus the Northern Libanus and the 'alh [Cambridge Library ... Middle East and Asia Minor - Volume 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781108052030
ISBN-10: 1108052037
Genres: History, Reference
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Arabian Nights
2012 - Arabian Nights [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141198019
ISBN-10: 014119801X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah
2011 - Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-medinah and Meccah [Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Middle East and Asia Minor - Volume 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781108041980
ISBN-10: 1108041981
Genres: History, Reference, Travel
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To the Gold Coast for Gold A Personal Narrative
2011 - To the Gold Coast for Gold a Personal Narrative [Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration - Volume 1] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108031424
ISBN-10: 1108031420
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Reference
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Zanzibar 2 Volume Set Zanzibar City Island and Coast
2011 - Zanzibar 2 Volume Set Zanzibar City Island and Coast [Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration - Volume 1] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108031462
ISBN-10: 1108031463
Genres: History, Travel
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The Lake Regions of Central Africa A Picture of Exploration
2011 - The Lake Regions of Central Africa a Picture of Exploration [Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781108031288
ISBN-10: 1108031285
Genres: History, Reference, Travel
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Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains An Exploration
2011 - Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains an Exploration [Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108030281
ISBN-10: 1108030289
Genres: History, Reference, Travel
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A Mission to Gelele King of Dahome
2011 - A Mission to Gelele King of Dahome [Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108030311
ISBN-10: 1108030319
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Reference, Travel
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The book of the thousand nights and a night Volume 3
2010 - The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night Volume 3 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781177776080
ISBN-10: 1177776081
Genre: History
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First footsteps in East Africa or An exploration of Harar
2010 - First Footsteps in East Africa or an Exploration of Harar (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781177700474
ISBN-10: 1177700476
Genre: History
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Supplemental nights to the Book of the thousand nights and a night with notes anthropological and explanatory
Supplemental nights to the Book of the thousand nights and a night
2010 - Supplemental Nights to the Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781177018296
ISBN-10: 1177018292
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First Footsteps in East Africa
2010 - First Footsteps in East Africa (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781153606646
ISBN-10: 115360664X
Genres: History, Travel
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The Land of Midian - Volume 1
2010 - The Land of Midian - Volume 1 (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781153708265
ISBN-10: 1153708264
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The Land of Midian - Volume 2
2010 - The Land of Midian - Volume 2 (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781153708272
ISBN-10: 1153708272
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2010 - The Land of Midian [Revisited] (Paperback)Paperback
2009 - Scinde [1861] (Paperback)Paperback
2009 - Zanzibar [1872] (Paperback)
2008 - The Land of Midian Volume 1 [Large Print Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
2008 - Voyage Chez Les Mormons [French Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - The Kasidah [Forgotten Books] (Paperback)
2002 - Supplemental Nights [Supplemental Nights] (Paperback)Hardcover
1986 - Pilgrimage to Al-madinah Meccah [Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah Meccah] (Hardcover)Hardcover