After his diplomatic sojourn in Syria as consul in Damascus, Richard Francis Burton (1821–90) published, in 1872, this two-volume account of nineteenth-century Syria. It is the result of collaboration with several partners with specific expertise, primarily Charles Frederick Tyrwhitt Drake (1846–74) but also Burton's wife. Throughout his life Burton immersed himself in as many different cultures as possible. His natural aptitude for languages and disguise allowed him to frequently pass himself off as a native. The two years he was consul were eventful, including local uprisings, an assassination attempt and religious strife. This work reveals the unknown and extraordinary side of Syria, drawing on experiences of living and travelling in the country to explore the geography, natural history, politics and culture of remote provinces.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Middle East and Asia Minor|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.89(d)|
About the Author
Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an English explorer, author, translator, linguist, and orientalist. Though he published over forty books and countless articles during his life, only two were original works. He is best known for his translations, in particular his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and The Kama Sutra.
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Preface; General remarks; 1. Cartographic and other notes on the watershed of the Baalbak plain; 2. Preliminary tour in the Jebel Duruz Hauran; Appendix 1. Observations taken with aneroid and thermometer; Appendix 2. Proverbia Communia Syriaca; Appendix 3. On writing a roll of the law; Appendix 4. Notes on the Hamah Stones. Volume 2: 1. A reconnaissance of the Anti-Libanus; 2. Notes on the northern slopes of Lebanon; 3. An exploration of the Alah or 'highland' of Syria; Appendix 1. Anthropological collections from the Holy Land; Appendix 2. Suggestions of readings for the Greek inscriptions not in M. Waddington; Appendix 3. Plants from the Lebanon not in the British Museum Herbarium; Index.