WRITINGS BY SIR RICHARD F. BURTON
This bibliography, from Fawn M. Brodie's The Devil Drives: A Life of Sir Richard Burton (Norton: 1967), shows the depth and breadth of Burton's interests. Unfortunately for posterity, Burton's wife burned many of his diaries and journals after he died, in order to depict her husband in a light that was acceptable to Victorian sensitivities. Brodie has written: "The loss to history and anthropology was monumental; the loss to Burton's biographers, irreparable." (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1990)
Norman Penzer's An Annotated Bibliography of Sir Richard Francis Burton (1923) meticulously lists his 43 volumes of exploration and ethnography, more than 100 articles, and nearly 30 translations. Other manuscript material that Isabel Burton failed to burn exists in the Royal Anthropological Institute in in London.
If one wishes to sample quickly Burton's style and substance, Burton biographer Frank McLynn edited Of No Country: An Anthology of the Works of Sir Richard Burton, (London: Scribner's, 1990; illustrations by Howard Phipps). It is highly recommended.
Goa, and the Blue Mountains; or Six Months of Sick Leave, London, 1851.
Scinde; or, The Unhappy Valley (2 vols.), London, 1851.
Sindh, and the Races that Inhabit the Valley of the Indus; With Notices of the Topography and History of the Province, London, 1851.
Falconry in the Valley of the Indus, London, 1852.
A Complete System of Bayonet Exercise, London, 1853.
Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah (3 vols), London, 1855-6.
First Footsteps in East Africa; or, An exploration of Harar, London, 1856.
The Lake Regions of Central Africa, A Picture of exploration (2 vols.), London, 1860.
The City of the Saints and Across the Rocky Mountains to California, London, 1861.
The Prairie Traveller, a Hand-book for Overland Expeditions by Randolph B. Marcy ... Edited (with notes) by Richard F. Burton, London, 1863.
Abeokuta and the Cameroons Mountains. An Exploration (2 vols.), London,1863.
Wanderings in West Africa, From Liverpool to Fernando Po (Anon. by F.R.G.S.) (2 vols.), London, 1863.
A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome, With Notices of the So-called "Amazons," the Grand Customs, the Yearly Customs, the Human Sacrifices, the Present State of the Slave Trade, and the Negro's Place in Nature (2 vols.), London, 1864.
The Nile Basin. Part I. Showing Tanganyika to be Ptolemy's Western Lake Reservoir. A Memoir read before the Royal Geographic Society, November 14,1864. With Prefatory Remarks, by Richard F. Burton. Part II. Captain Speke's Discovery of the Source of the Nile. A Review. By James M'Queen... London, 1864.
Wit and Wisdom from West Africa; or, A Book of Proverbial philsophy, Idioms, Enigmas, and Laconisms. Compiled by Richard F. Bruton ... London, 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 ... London, 1865.
Stone Talk ... Being Some of the Marvellous Sayings of a Petral Portion Fleet Street, London, to One Doctor Polyglott, Ph.D., by Frank Baker, D.O.N. (Baker is a pseudonym for Burton), London, 1865.
The Highlands of Brazil. (2 vols.), London, 1869.
Vikram and the Vampire, or Tales of Hindu Devilry. Adapted by Richard F. Burton ... London, 1870.
Letters from the Battlefields of Paraguay, London, 1870.
Unexplored Syria, Visits to The Libanus, The Tulul el Safa, The Anti-Libanus, The Northern Libanus, and The 'Alah. (2 vols.) by Richard F. Burton and Charles F. Tyrwhitt-Drake, London,1871.
Zanzibar; City, Island, and Coast (2 vols.), London, 1872.
The Lands of Cazembe. Lacerda's Journey to Cazembe in 1798. Translated and Annotated by Captain R.F. Burton ... London, 1873.
The Captivity of Hans Stade of Hesse, in A.D. 1547-1555, Among the Wild Tribes of Eastern Brazil. Translated by Albert Tootal ... and Annotated by Richard F. Burton, London, 1874.
Ultima Thule; or A Summer in Iceland (2 vols.), London, 1875.
Etruscan Bologna: A Study, London, 1876.
A New System of Sword Exercise for Infantry, London, 1876.
Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo (2 vols.), London, 1876.
Sind Revisited; With Notices of the Anglo-Indian Army; Railroads; Past, Present, and Future, etc. (2 vols.), London, 1877.
The Gold-Mines of Midian and The Ruined Midianite Cities. A Fortnight's Tour in Northwestern Arabia, London, 1878.
The Land of Midian (revisited)(2 vols.), London, 1879.
The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi a Lay of the Higher Law Translated and Annotated By His Friend and Pupil F.B. (Privately printed. Burton is author of both the poems and annotations.), London, 1880.
Os Lusiadas (The Lusiads): Englished by Richard Francis Burton.: (2 vols.) (Edited by His Wife, Isabel Burton.), London, 1880.
Camoens: His Life and His Lusiads. A Commentary by Richard F. Burton. (2 vols.), London, 1881.
A Glance at the "Passion-Play", London, 1881.
To the Gold Coast for Gold. A Personal Narrative by Richard F. Burton and Verney Lovett Cameron. (2 vols.), London, 1883.
The Kama Sutra of Vatsayana ... With a Preface and Introduction. Printed for the Hindoo Kama Shastra Society (This was translated by Richard F. Burton and F.F. Arbuthnot.), London and Benares, 1883.
Camoens. The Lyricks. Part I, Part II. (Sonnets, Canzon, Odes, and Sextines). Englished by Richard F. Burton. London, 1884.
The Book of the Sword, London, 1884.
Ananga Ranga; (Stage of the Bodiless One) or, The Hindu Art of Love. (Ars Amoris Indica). Translated from the Sanskrit, and Annotated by A.F.F. & B.F.R.... for the Kama Shastra Society of London and Benares, and for private circulation only. (This volume, translated by Richard F. Burton and F. F. Arbuthnot, was first issued in 1873 under the title Kama-Shastra or The Hindoo Art of Love (Ars Amoris Indica) ..., and privately printed. But after printing four or six copies the printers became alarmed and refused to print more for fear of prosecution.) Cosmopoli, 1885.
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 vols.) Printed by the Kama-Shastra Society For Private Subscribers Only, 1885.
Supplemental Nights to the Book of The Thousand Nights and a Night. With Notes Anthropological and Explanatory By Richard F. Burton (6 vols.) Printed by the Kama-Shastra Society For Private Subscribers Only, 1886-88.
Iracema, The Honey-lips By J. De Alencar, Translated by Isabel Burton and Maluel De Moraes, A Chronicle of the Seventeenth Century by J. M. Pereira Da Silva, Translated by Richard F. and Isabel Burton, London, 1886.
The Perfumed Garden of the Cheikh Nefzaoui, A Manual of Arabian Erotology (XVI. Century) Revised and Corrected Translation, for the Kama Shastra Society of London and Benares, and for Private circulation only. (This was translated from the French by Richard F. Burton. Two printings were exhausted in 1886; Burton was working on an enlarged and annotated version and translating from the original Arabic, when he died. This version his wife burned.), Cosmopoli, 1886.
The Beharistan (Abode of Spring) By Jami, A Literal translation from the Persian. Printed by the Kama Shastra Society for Private Subscribers only. (This was translated by Edward Rehatsek, but Burton seems to have supervised the editing.), Benares, 1887.
The Gulistan or Rose Garden of Sa'di. Faithfully Translated Into English. Printed by the Kama Shastra Society for Private Subscribers only. (This too was translated by Edward Rehatsek, with Burton supervising the editing.), Benares, 1888.
Priapeia or the Sportive Epigrams fo divers Poets on Priapus: the Latin Text now for the first time Englished in Verse and Prose (the Metrical Version by "Ouidanos") with an Introduction, Notes Explanatory and Illustrative, Excursus, by "Neaniskos" (Burton is responsible for the translation into poetry; the remainder of the volume seems to be largely the work of his collaborator, Leonard Smithers. Cosmopoli, 1890.
Marocco and the Moors: Being an account of Travels, with a General Description of the Country and Its People by Arthur Leared. Second edition, revised and edited by Sir Richard Burton, London, 1891.
Il Pentamerone; or, the Tale of Tales. Being a Translation by the Late Sir Richard Burton ... London, 1893.
The Carmina of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Now first completely Englished into Verse and Prose, the Metrical Part by Capt. Sir Richard F. Burton ... and the Prose Portion, Introduction, and Notes Explanatory and Illustrative by Leonard C. Smithers, London, 1894.
The Jew, The Gypsy, and El Islam, By the Late Captain Sir Richard Burton... edited with a preface and brief notes by W. H. Wilkins, London, 1898.
Wanderings in Three Continents, By the Late Captain Sir Richard F. Burton edited with a preface by W. H. Wilkins, London, 1901.