1001 Nights and Sir Burton
Sir Richard Francis Burton...wrote an unexpurgated translation of "One Thousand and One Nights." "A British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat."
"A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, Now Entituled "The Book of The Thousand Nights and a Night." (burtoniana.org/...) Vol. 1: (ia700301.us.archi...) Additional sites for tales and biography: www.sacred-texts.... mfx.dasburo.com/... mfx.dasburo.com/...
Sir Richard Burton, 1848 in native dress. "He would disguise himself so effectually that he would pass among Easterns as a dervish in the mosques and as a merchant in the bazaars." Chapter IV. (ebooks.adelaide.e...) BBC Radio 4 podcast discussion of Arabian Nights. Listen here: downloads.bbc.co....)
Burton, Richard F., trans. The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, or The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night: A Selection of the Most Famous and Representative of these Tales. Ed. Bennett A Cerf. 1932. Introductory Essay by Ben Ray Redman. New York: Modern Library, 1959.
Dr. J.C. Mardrus's translation of "The Book of The Thousand Nights and One Nigh" (Arabian Nights). Rendered from the literal and complete version of Dr. J.C. Mardrus; and collated with other sources; by E. Powers Mathers, extra illustrated edition, plates in black and white, illustrated from drawings by Roderick McRae, privately printed for Subscribers by the Casanova Society of London and numbered 940/1000, undated, in 8 volumes.
Isabel, Lady Burton (born Isabel Arundell) (20 March 1831 - 22 March 1896) was the wife and partner of explorer, adventurer, and writer Sir Richard Francis Burton. She was the daughter of Hon. Henry Raymond Arundell (1799–1886) of Kenilworth.
"Burton's tomb fittingly reflects his life. It is built of stone but shaped like a Bedouin tent, though this common description is not entirely accurate. The tomb is actually modelled on a tent that Burton had made for his travels with his wife Isabel to Syria. Apparently it's most important attribute was that Burton could stand upright when inside. The tomb is located in Mortlake, South West London, and both Burton and Isabel now rest there."
By 1853, Muslim Arabia had for hundreds of years been a closed and secret world. No one who was not a Muslim was allowed to set foot in it. Most of those who made the attempt never lived to tell of the experience. Particularly forbidden to “unbelievers” were two towns most holy to the Muslims — Mecca and Medina. Burton managed to conceal his identity and became one of the only non-Muslim men to ever have been to Mecca and survive.His book "Pilgrimage to Al-Medinah and Mecca" details the trip.