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BURTON, Sir Richard Francis [1821-1890].. The Land Of Midian (Revisited).

2 Volumes. 8vo. pp. xxviii, 338; vii, 319 + 32(ads). 6 hand-finished tinted lithographed plates, 4 plates of hieroglyphics, 5 other plates, & folding coloured lithographed map. wood engravings in the text. original decorative cloth (cloth bit soiled, extremities bit rubbed, spines dull, hinges tender, some minor foxing). First Edition of this sequel to Burton's The Gold Mines Of Midian (1878), describing Burton's second expedition through Midian in northwest Arabia. Midian became known as a highly rich source for gold, especially in the areas where ancient artifacts were located. Although Burton failed to find the vast amounts of gold he believed were in the region, he and his team succeeded in exploring and mapping a 600-mile territory and detailing eighteen ruined cities in the North and thirteen in the South. The expedition was sponsored by the Egyptian Khedive Isma'il I, for whom Burton brought back twenty-five tons of minerals to be assayed. Only 1000 copies of the book were printed. Penzer pp. 96-7.

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