Selected Bibliography of Works
Sir Richard Burton


This page has been superseded by the work Gavan Tredoux has done at Burtoniana web site. For an extensive listing of Burton's books, journal articles and newspaper articles, see the Burtoniana web site. That site contains images of the original books and articles.

This bibliography is based on Norman Penzer's bibliography of Burton's works and my own research.

My main Burton Bibliographical references are:

  1. Penzer, Norman M. An Annotated Bibliography of Sir Richard Francis Burton K.C.M.G. London: A.M. Philpot, 1923, Pp. 351.
  2. Casada, James A. Sir Richard F. Burton A Biobibliographical Study. Boston: G. K. Hall & Co., 1990, Pp.187.
  3. -----Catalogue of Valuable Books, Manuscripts & Autograph Letters of Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG 1821-1890. London: Spink & Son Ltd., 1976, np.
  4. -----The Quentin Keynes Collection, Part I Important Travel Books and Manuscripts. London: Christie's, 2004, Pp. 471.

I also have in my possession an unpublished bibliograph containing details and editions of Burton's Arabian Nights, not mentioned in the above bibliographies. I also have an extensive bibliography of the Arabian Nights in general.

Goa, and the Blue Mountains; or, Six Months of Sick Leave. (1851)

Scinde; or, The Unhappy Valley. (1851)

Sindh, and the Races that inhabit the Valley. (1851)

Falconry in the Valley of the Indus. (1852)

A Complete System of Bayonet Exercise. (1853)

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah. 3 Volumes(1855-56)
The memorial edition of Pilgrimage, in two volumes, is available here: Memorial Edition,

Narrative of a Trip to Harar (1855)
An article from "The Journal of the Royal Geographic Society" June 1855, Vol 25.

First Footsteps in East Africa; or, An Exploration of Harar. (1856)
Images of the book are viewable online at the Bibliotheque Nationial de France.
A review of this book appeared in Blackwood's Magazine on October 1856.

Zanzibar; and Two Months in East Africa (1858)
An early (before their Nile adventure) trip that Burton took with Speke to explore East Africa. Originally published in Blackwood's Edinburough Magazine, Volume 83 Feb-Apr 1858. This article was typed from the pages available on the Internet Library of Early Journals. From the home page, select Browse/Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. Select Volume 83 (1858), Feb pages 200-24, Mar pages 276-90 and May pages 572-89.

The Lake Regions of Central Africa A Picture of Exploration. 2 volumes (1860)
Image files of Volume 1 of this work can viewed online at the Bibliotheque Nationial de France.

The City of the Saints and Across the Rocky Mountains to California (1861)
The Making of America (MOA) site. The MOA site is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The site contains image files of the book itself.

The Prairie Traveller, a Hand-book for Overland Expeditions. With Illustrations and Itineraries of the Principle Routes between the Mississippi and the Pacific, and a Map. (1863)

Abeokuta and The Camaroons Mountains. An Exploration. 2 volumes (1863)

Wanderings in West Africa From Liverpool to Fernando Po. 2 volumes (1863)

A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome. With Notices of the So-called "Amazons," the Grand Custome, the Yearly Customs, the Human Sacrifices, the Present State of the Slave Trade, and the Negro's Place in Nature. 2 volumes (1864)
Image files of Volume 2 of this work can viewed online at the Bibliotheque Nationial de France.

The Nile Basin. Part 1. Showing Tanganyika to be Ptolemy's Western Lake Reservoir. A Memoir read before the Royal Geographical Society, November 14, 1864. (1864)

Wit and Wisdom from West Africa; or, A Book of Proverbial Philosoph, Idioms, Enigmas, and Laconisms. (1865)

The Guide-book. A Pictorial Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. (Including Some of the More Remarkable Incidents in the Life of Mohammed, the Arab Lawgiver.) (1865)

Stone Talk: Being Some of the Marvellous Sayings of a Petral Portion of Fleet Street, London, to One Doctor Polyglott, Ph.D. (1865)

The Highlands of the Brazil. 2 volumes (1869)

Vikram and the Vampire or Tales of Hindu Devilry. (1870)
Burton's very loose translation and adaption of the Vetalapanchavimsati or Twenty-five tales of a Vetala (from the Katha Sarit Sagara by Somadeva). Burton provides 11 tales which he has 'improved' extensivelly.

Letters from the Battle-fields of Paraguay. (1870)

Unexplored Syria Visits to the Libanus, The Tulul el Safa, The Anti-Libanus, The Northern Libanus, and The 'Alah. (1872)

Zanzibar; City, Island, and Coast. 2 volumes (1872)

The Lands of Cazembe. Lacerda's Journey to Cazembe in 1798. (1873)

The Captivity of Hans Stade of Hesse, in A.D. 1547-1555, Among the Wild Tribes of Eastern Brazil. annotated by Burton (1874)

Ultima Thule; or; A Summer in Iceland. 2 volumes (1875)

Etruscan Bologna: A Study. (1876) Text prepared by Jeff Hill. Used with his permission.

A New System of Sword Exercise for Infantry. (1876)

Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo. (1876)
Volume 1, Volume 2

Scind Revisited: With Notices of the Anglo-Indian Army; Railroads; Past, Present, and Future, Etc. 2 volumes (1877)

The Gold-Mines of Midian and The Ruined Midianite Cities. A Fortnight's Tour in Northwestern Arabia. (1878)

The Land of Midian (revisited). 2 volumes (1879) Volume 1, Volume 2

The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi a Lay of the Higher Law. (1880)
There have been numerous editions of this work.

Os Lusiadas (The Lusiads). 2 volumes (1880)

Camoens: His Life and His Lusiads. A Commentary. 2 volumes (1881)

A Glance at the "Passion-Play." (1881)

To the Gold Coast for Gold A Personal Narrative. 2 volumes (1883)
Image files of these volumes are viewable online at the Bibliotheque Nationial de France.
Volume 1 Volume 2

The Book of The Sword. (1884)

Camoens The Lyricks. (1884)

The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana. Translated from the Sanscrit. (1883)
Many, many reprints are available of this work.

The Ananda Ranga; (Stage of the Bodiless One) or, The Hindu Art of Love. (1885)

The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, Now Entitled The Book of The Thousand Nights and a Night With Introduction Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay upon the History of the Nights. 10 volumes (1885)

Single Volume edition of Arabian Nights
This single volume contains only 33 tales. They include such favourites as the Sindbad cycle, Aladdin, Ali Baba, and The Porter and the Ladies. This site, and others containing the single volume version of The Nights, give a published date of 1850. Since Burton did not really begin work on the Nights till the late 1870's, this date obvously incorrect. This work does not include Burton's extensive footnotes and has been bowdlerized. I suspect that this is in fact a copy of the 1932 Modern Library edition of Arabian Nights.

The Supplemental Nights. Supplemental Nights to the Book of The Thousand Nights and a Night With Notes Anthropological and Explanatory. 6 volumes (1886-8)

The Perfumed Garden of the Cheikh Nefzaoui A Manual of Arabian Erotology. (1886)

Iracema The Honey-lips A Legend of Brazil. translated by Isabel and Richard Burton (1886)

Manuel De Moraes A Chronicle of the Seventeenth Century. translated by Isabel and Richard Burton (1886)

The Beharistan (Abode of Spring). Kama Shastra Society for private subscribers only. Translated by Richard Burton (1887)

The Bulistan or Rose Garden of Sa'di. Kama Shastra Society for private subscribers only. (1888).

Priapeia or the Sporting Epigrams of Divers Poets on Priapus: the Latin Text now for the first time Englished in Verse and Prose with Introduction, Notes Explanatory and Illustrative, and Excursus. (1890)

Sir Richard F. Burton Obituary from Athenaeum Magazine, Oct. 25, 1890.

Marocco and the Moors: Being An Account of Travels, with a General Description of the Country and Its People. 2nd edition revised by Burton (1891)

Il Pentamerone; or, the Tale of Tales. Being a Translation by the Late Sir Richard Burton, K.C.M.G., of Il Pentamerone; Overo Lo Cunto de li Cunte, Trattenemiento de li Peccerille, of Goivanni Battista Basile, Count of Torone. 2 volumes (1893)

The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus (1894)

The Jew, The Gypsy and El Islam (1898)

Wanderings in Three Continents. (1901)
A collection of posthumous Burton essays, edited by W.H. Wilkins. Many of the essays were read by Burton as lectures at various times. The essays touch on Meccah and Medinah, Harar, the Lake Regions of Africa, the Mormons, Dahome, Congo, Brazil and Syria.

The Sentiment of the Sword: A Country-House Dialogue (1911)
The Journal of Non-lethal Combatives site, March 2000 edition. A comparatively rare book by Burton, it has escaped being included in many Burton bibliographies. The Foreword, by A. Forbes Sieveking indicates that the manuscript was passed to him by Lady Burton after Burton's death.

Sir Richard Burton's Travels in Arabia and Africa: Four Lectures from a Huntington Library Manuscript (1997)

Pilpay's Fables. (1997) Tucson & Kathmandu. From Burton's manuscript in the Huntington Museum.

The Search for the Source of the Nile: Correspondence between Captain Richard Burton, Captain John Speke, and others, from Burton's unpublished East Africa Letter-Book; together with other related letters and papers in the collections of Quentin Keynes. (1999)

Related Works

Check out the Links page for additional interesting and Burton related sites.

Life of Sir Richard Francis Burton by Thomas Wright
A biography at times very critical of Burton. Mr. Wright was the last of Burton's biographers to have been able to speak to persons who actually knew Burton when he was alive.

Journal of The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke
J.H. Speke's account of his later journey, with Grant, to central Africa and his further explorations into the source of the Nile river. Burton's account of their earlier trip together can be found in his "The Lake Regions of Central Africa (1860)". Much controversy surrounds Speke's claims to have discovered the source of the Nile river and his breach of trust with Burton regarding the anouncement of their discoveries. A review of this book was published in the Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.

What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke.
Composed of two sectons, the first is Speke's account of his time spent with the abortive 1855 trip to Somalia. It was there that he and Burton were nearly killed. One member of their party was. Burton's account of this trip can be found in his First Footsteps in East Africa. Speke's diary and observations were published in Appendix 1 of this book. A review of Burton & Speke's adventures was published in the Blackwood Magazine. The second part of the book is Speke's description of his side trip during the second, 1857 expedition he took with Burton. While Burton was laid up with illness, Speke ventured off to visit a lake that he had heard of. This lake was the one that Speke declared to be the source of the Nile river.

Speke's Journal
From "The Journal of African Travel-Writing, No. 3 Sept 1997, a review of "Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile" by Sean Redmond.

The Death of Speke. From Blackwood's Magazine, John Speke's obituary.