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Richard Burton's Arabian Nights and Victorian Books of Exploration in Asia and Africa
Compiled by Richard Seltzer

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Richard Burton's Arabian Nights and Victorian Books of Exploration in Asia and Africa

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Richard Burton's Arabian Nights and Victorian Books of Exploration in Asia and Africa
Compiled by Richard Seltzer
Seedy Press, (April 22, 2002)
B & R Samizdat Express
P. O. Box 161
West Roxbury, MA, 02132
ISBN: 0-931968-09-7
Genre: Literature

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - July 21, 2002

Richard Burton cut a dashing figure when he was alive, and the mystique that surrounded him when he was living still remains. Burton was the consummate Victorian explorer. He traveled throughout India, the Middle East, and Africa. He also had a phenomenal facility for learning new languages. In addition to traveling extensively, Burton also wrote about his adventures and the stories he uncovered. His most popular book, Book of the Thousand Nights can be found on the Seedy Press CD-Rom entitled: Richard Burton's Arabian Nights and Victorian Books of Exploration in Asia and Africa. This CD contains the complete edition of the Arabian Nights - which is comprised of ten volumes, as well as six supplemental volumes that included a variety of anthropological and explanatory notes.

In addition to Burton's Arabian Nights, this CD also contains a fascinating collection of books by Victorian Explorers that chronicle their adventures. These include volume one of Burton's own Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage of Al-Madinah and Meccah. Other works to be found on this CD are books by Samuel White Baker, Alexander Bulatovich, Charles Darwin, Charles Hose and William McDougall, Albert Ernest Jenks, David Livingstone, John Hanning Speke, H. Wilfrid Walker, and Alfred Wallace.

Victorian explorers were seemingly fearless, impervious to disease and hunger, and often fool hearty. It is surprising that so many of them survived long enough to write about their adventures! The works in this collection cover just about everything from the discovery of the source of the Nile and Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle, to various exploits in the Philippines, Malay, Ethiopia, Borneo, South Africa, and Ceylon.

This CD, Richard Burton's Arabian Nights and Victorian Books of Exploration in Asia and Africa is an invaluable resource for students, historians, and the general reader. It is also a cost effective means of adding a substantial collection of books to your library for a modest cost. Currently, this CD, which contains about 32 books, sells for only $19!

This CD runs off of any Windows based PC, however you do need to have a web browser (such as Internet Explorer or Netscape) and/or a Windows based word-processing program such as Microsoft Word, or Corel's Word Perfect, in order to read the text. Once the text is opened, you can enlarge the font to suit your reading needs.

In addition, this CD ships with a program by DLJ Software called READIT. This is a DOS, shareware program, that provides the text on a black screen with white type. This program will also help you navigate through the files, and books on the CD, using only keyboard functions. It allows you to scroll through the files, and once you select a book, it allows you to bookmark your place, and jump to your 'bookmark' when you begin reading again. This program allows you to search through the text and to jump to various sections or lines. It also allows you to adjust how fast, or slow, the text is displayed as you read through the book.

  • The text on this CD is in a plain text format, and the CD can be navigated easily, and read, by any screen reading program. This makes the CD readily accessible to the visually impaired, and to individuals with other print disabled.

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