London: Tinsley Brothers, 1863. 12mo. Two volumes. First Edition. Presumed second issue, with Burton's name on the spines but not on the title pages. Map and frontispiece with tissue guard intact. Publisher's purple-brown cloth, triple rule on the boards, and titles and rule in gilt on the spines. Near Fine overall. Both spines lightly faded, brief private library notations on the front pastedowns, and a touch of foxing to the page edges.
After his marriage to Isabel Arundell, Burton entered the Foreign Service as consul at Fernando Po (now the island Bioko) in Equatorial Guinea, where the inclement weather forced him to spend much of his time elsewhere. His exploration of the coast of West Africa is greatly detailed in these two volumes, and it remains a cornerstone in exploration narratives.
A very attractive pair, housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell box.
Penzer pp. 71-72.