This collection consists mainly of
manuscripts, correspondence, drawings, and printed material related to the work of British
explorer and writer Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) and his interests in swords, fencing,
and Middle Eastern poetry and history. The collection contains research material and early
drafts of Burton's The Book of the Sword and To the Gold Coast.
Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was a British explorer, linguist, writer, diplomat and
translator; he explored Africa, the Middle East, South America and Iceland, and translated,
among many other titles, The Arabian Nights. Burton married
Isabel Arundell (1831-1896), in 1861, and she, thereafter, accompanied Burton on many of his
travels, and became his amanuensis and editor, as well as publishing her own travel volumes
and an autobiography. Burton died of a heart attack on October 19, 1890, and Isabel Burton
died from complications of ovarian cancer on March 22, 1896.
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