This collection consists mainly of letters from Isabel Burton (1831-1896) and her husband, British explorer and writer Richard
Burton (1821-1890), to their friend London publisher
Leonard Charles Smithers (1861-1907) from 1885 to 1892;
the collection also contains a printed prospectus for The Arabian Nights, a poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne, a photograph
of Isabel Burton, and a lithograph of Richard Burton.
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.
129 pieces in 2 boxes and 1 volume.
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