DEVIL DRIVES. A Life of Sir Richard Burton.

(New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1967).

‘Starting in a hollowed log of wood---some thousand miles up a river, with an infinitesimal prospect of returning! I ask myself “Why?” and the only echo is “damned fool!....the Devil drives!” So Richard Francis Burton, preparing for an exploration of the lower Congo in 1863, wrote to Monckton Milnes from the African kingdom of Dahomey. His answer, “the Devil drives,” applies not only to geographical discoveries but also to the whole of his turbulent life.
Burton was a true man of the Renaissance. He was a soldier, explorer, ethnologist, archaeologist, poet, translator, and one of the two or three great linguists of his time. He was also an amateur physician, botanist, geologist, a swordsman and a superb raconteur. He penetrated the sacred Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina at great risk and explored the forbidden city of Harar in Somaliland, which also promised death to any intruding infidel. He searched for the sources of the White Nile and was responsible for the discovery of Lake Tanganyika.’
Brodie’s scholarship is both vigoruous and inquiring in this fine and renown work. First edition copies are now quite scarce. Item #30750

First edition. With a fine collection of illustrations from photographs and engravings. 8vo, publisher’s original black cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine, in the pictorially decorated dustjacket, cartographic endpapers. 390 pp A bright and clean copy, the book and dust-jacket both in fine condition.

Price: $85.00