Aug 18, 2022 - Sale 2613

Sale 2613 - Lot 3

Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400


Priapeia or the Sportive Epigrams of divers Poets on Priapus.
Mounted india proof frontispiece; 4to, calf-backed marbled boards, rebacked, half-title detached, scattered foxing and toning throughout; endpapers renewed. Cosmopoli, 1890
Number 13 of 500 copies printed for subscribers. Norman Penzer, Annotated Bibliography of Sir Richard Francis Burton, Mansfield, 1993, pages 150-53.
Burton, the great English explorer, translator, writer, soldier, Middle Eastern scholar, ethnologist, linguist, poet, hypnotist, fencer and diplomat was quite candid about sexuality in his writings. Homosexuality was considered a criminal offense in Victorian England. Allegations, but no direct accusations of homosexuality, followed Burton throughout most of his life.