Small puncture on one leaf at Oo, not affecting text, leaves at Pp and Pp4 browned, a few minor shallow stains on the fore margins of some later leaves, very faint institutional stamp on margins of a few leaves, otherwise leaves clean, impressions... x, xiii, 427, xxiv pp. Illus. with engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, 5 engraved plates (3 folding) and 3 maps, one with printed overslip; title in red and black, woodcut illustrations in text. "Fryer was a surgeon in the service of the East India Company for nine years and travelled extensively on the Coromandel and Malabar coasts. He describes well the cities of Surat and Bombay, the life and trade there as well as at Madras. Nearly sixteen years elapsed before he could be persuaded to publish the story of his wanderings. At length piqued at the frequent appearance of translations of foreign, especially French, books of travel, in which English industry and enterprise were decried, he issued a handsome folio, " (Cox, 'Reference Guide To The Literature Of Travel, Vol I, p. 280). "As a surgeon in the service of the East India Company, he left England in December 1672 and arrived at Masulipatam in June 1673. He spent the following four years on the Coromandel and Malabar coasts, visiting and describing Surat, Bombay and Madras. He also travelled to Gokarna, Karwar, Goa, and ventured inland to Junnar. He was in Persia between 1677 and 1679, then returned to India until 1681...[his] account of the places he visited is accurate and reliable with numerous anecdotes told with a fine sense of humour'' (Howgego, 'Encyclopedia of Exploration to 1800', p.406). It is a "book rich in details of natural history and local medical practice, " (DNB). Wing F2257. ESTC R23401. Cox I: p 280. Kress S.2042. Goldsmiths'-Kress 03475.2. Not in Atabey or Blackmer.
Being Nine Years Travels, Begun 1672, and Finished 1681. Illustrated with Maps, figures, and useful Tables. First Edition in a Contemporary Binding FRYER, John. A New Account of East-India and Persia, in Eight Letters. Being Nine Years Travels, Begun 1672, and Finished 1681. London: Ri[chard] Chiswell, 1698. First edition. Small folio (12 5/16 x 7 1/2 inches; 312 x 191 mm). , xiii, [1, errata], 427, [1, blank], [xxiv index] pp. With a total of nine engraved plates, including the engraved frontispiece, four engraved plates, three of which are double page, one small folding plan, and three engraved map plates (one of which is page 60 with the printed key over-slip). Numerous other engravings in the text. Title-page in red and black. Without free endpapers. Half-title printed on the verso of the frontispiece portrait. With a separate title-page for Collections of the coins, weights, and precious stones, usual in those places of trade within the charter of the Honourable East-India-Company which is part of the pagination. Full period paneled calf. Spine printed in gilt. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Edges speckled red. Some restoration to joints. A bit of rubbing to corners, edges and spine extremities. Some light dampstaining to outer margins. Remnants of torn back free endpaper still intact. Overall a very good copy. "On 9 December 1672 Fryer left from Gravesend for a lengthy tour of India and Persia undertaken in the interests of the East India Company. He did not return to England until August 1682. Sixteen years later he published A New Account of East India and Persia...being Nine Years' Travels, Begun in 1672, which he had been prompted to write in the wake of criticism of English expeditions in French guides. A book rich in details of natural history and local medical practice, Fryer's account was republished in Dutch in 1700." (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). ESTC R23401. HBS 65188. $5, 000. New Account of East-India and Persia, in Eight Letters
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