London: John Murray, 1851. First edition. Hardcover. 3 volumes, original green ribbed cloth with paper spine labels; small octavos (5 x 8 inches); xx, 300; xi, 366; xi, 426 pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author in first volume. Publisher catalogues dated January, 1851 at back of Vols I & II. Moderate wear to covers, spine ends a bit chipped and spines lightly faded, short splits to joints, spine labels chipped, frontispiece in first volume creased, still a sound and very presentable set and internally about fine. Good. Item #16277
Borrow's classic account of his adventures in Spain. Borrow was a natural linguist who is said to have mastered 12 languages by the age of 18. His narratives of travel in Spain and elsewhere are a combination of autobiography and romantic embellishment that still make for compelling reading.