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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."

Watch-1855 Richard Burton book on PBS. " "Pilgrimage to Mecca" APPRAISED VALUE: $10,000 - $15,000

1855 Richard Burton

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:

The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

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.

"The Life of Sir Richard Burton" by Wright, Thomas. "Read online here: ( (

  • Marcelita Swann

    From the Preface, regarding Lady Burton: "Death with its icy breath hung over her as her pen flew along the paper, and the questions constantly on her lips were "Shall I live to complete my task? Shall I live to tell the world how great and noble a man my husband was, and to refute the calumnies that his enemies have so industriously circulated?" TW

  • Marcelita Swann

    "The amount of absolutely new information in this work is very large. Thus we are telling for the first time the history of Burton's friendships with Mr. F. F. Arbuthnot, Mr. John Payne, and others; and we are giving for the first time, too, a complete and accurate history of the translation of The Arabian Nights, The Scented Garden, and other works." TW

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.