Burton's footnotes from The Arabian Nights
Original text by Sir Richard F. Burton
Hic Niger est, hunc tu, Gens Anglia, caveto!
-- Burton, "Notes on the Dahoman", Memoires read before the Anthr. Soc. of London, vol. i, 1865, pp. 308-321, reprinted in Penzer, Selected Papers... by Sir RB, 1924, pp. 109-125.
From Burton's copious footnotes. Compare with Ch. XIX, Dahome.
Vol. 1, p. 6:
[f/n 7] Debauched
women prefer negroes on account of the size of their parts.
I measured one man in Somali-land who, when quiescent, numbered nearly six
inches. This is a characteristic of the negro race and of African animals; e.g.
the horse; whereas the pure Arab, man and beast, is below the average of Europe;
one of the best proofs by the by, that the Egyptian is not an Asiatic, but a
negro partially white-washed. Moreover, these imposing parts do not increase
proportionally during erection; consequently, the "deed of kind" takes
a much longer time and adds greatly to the woman's enjoyment. In my time no
honest Hindi Moslem would take his women-folk to Zanzibar on account of the huge
attractions and enormous temptations there and thereby offered to them. Upon the
subject of Imsak = retention of semen and "prolongation of pleasure,"
I shall find it necessary to say more.
Vol. 4, p. 250:
[main text said: ". . . So Shem's face was whitened and from him sprang the prophets and the orthodox Caliphs and Kings; whilst Cham's face was blackened and he fled forth to the land of Abyssinia, and of his lineage came the blacks. [FN#358] All people are of one mind in affirming the lack of understanding of the blacks, even as saith the adage, 'How shall one find a black with a mind?'. . ."]
Here we have the naked legend of the negro's origin, one of those nursery
tales in which the ignorant of Christendom still believe. But the deduction from
the fable and the testimony to the negro's
lack of intelligence, though unpleasant to our ignorant negrophiles, are factual
Vol. 4, p. 255:
Although the Arab's ideal of beauty, as has been seen and said,
corresponds with ours the Egyptians (Modern) the Maroccans and other negrofied
races like "walking tun-butts"
as Clapperton called his amorous widow.