Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821 - 1890) was an English explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, linguist, poet, hypnotist, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia and Africa and below are listed only his works on Africa.
First Footsteps In East Africa: Or An Exploration Of Harar by Sir Richard Burton (1856)
The Lake Regions Of Central Equatorial Africa by Sir Richard Burton (1860). The Royal Geographical Society expedition left Bagamoyo on the Tanzania coast, opposite Zanzibar, in June 1857. Burton and John Hanning Speke went west to Kaze, now Tabora, then to the Malagarasi River and Lake Tanganyika. On their return, Speke travelled north to Lake Victoria and back, from Kaze.
Wanderings In West Africa by Sir Richard Burton (1863) recounts the long journey to the British diplomatic post at Fernando Po. Invaluable descriptions of African tribal rituals concerning birth, marriage and death, and of tribal fetishism, ritual murder, cannibalism and more.
Abeokuta And The Cameroons Mountains by Sir Richard Burton (1863). The work had two basic purposes including suggested measures to secure Britain's influence upon the seaboard of Yoruba and descriptions of Burton's explorations in the mountains.
A Mission To Gelele, King Of Dahome by Sir Richard Burton (1864). In 1863 Burton went to Dahomey as a representative of the British government to persuade the King to stop his participation in the slave trade and human sacrifice.
The Nile Basin Part 1 by Sir Richard Burton (1864). Part 2 was written by James M'Queen. This two-part work includes James M'Queen's scathing attack of John Speke's claim of the discovery of the source of the Nile.
Wit And Wisdom From West Africa by Sir Richard Burton (1865) ia a collection of proverbs and sayings from many tribal languages. They offer outstanding evidence of accumulated folk wisdom.
Zanzibar City Island And Coast by Sir Richard Burton (1872). Zanzibar was the setting off point for most of the travels into Africa initiated by the great explorers of the 19th century. This comprehensive guidebook covers every aspect of Zanzibar.
To The Gold Coast For Gold by Sir Richard Burton and Verney Lovett Cameron (1883). In 1881 Cameron joined Burton on a mission to West Africa. The two explorers examined the interior of the Gold Coast, searching for evidence of its gold-producing potential. Cameron also plotted the course of the Ankobrah River and they sent plants native to the Gold Coast to Kew Gardens.
Wanderings In Three Continents by Sir Richard Burton (1901). This posthumous volume of essays reveals Burton "in the aspect in which he was known best to the world - as a traveler and explorer."
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Lady Isabel Burton (1831 - 1896) was the wife of explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton. She was also a writer but is probably best known for burning some of her husband's papers and manuscripts after his death.
Life Of Captain Sir Richard F Burton KCMG, FRGS by Isabel Burton (1893)
The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton by Isabel Burton (1897) is the story of her life told in part by herself and by W H Wilkins. Isabel Burton died before completing her autobiography.
The True Life Of Captain Sir R F Burton by Georgiana M Stisted (1897) is a biography of Richard Burton by his niece.
A Rage To Live: A Biography Of Richard And Isabel Burton by Mary S Lovell (2000) is based on previously unavailable archives. Mary Lovell has written a compelling joint biography that sets Isabel in her proper place as Burton's equal in daring and endurance, a fascinating figure in her own right.
An Annotated Bibliography Of Sir Richard Francis Burton by Norman M Penzer (1923)