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19 Apr 2018 16:30 GMT

Terry (Edward)


Wherein some things are taken notice of in our passage thither, but many more in our abode there, within that rich and most spacious empire of the Great Mogol.

Published: Printed by T.W. for J. Martin, and J. Allestrye, London, 1655

Edition: First Edition

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Mix't with some parallel observations and inferences upon the storie, to profit as well as delight the reader.

Observed by Edward Terry minister of the Word (then student of Christ-Church in Oxford, and chaplain to the Right Honorable Sr. Thomas Row Knight, Lord Ambassadour to the great Mogol) now rector of the church at Greenford, in the county of Middlesex.

First edition: 547 pages – pages 542 and 543 incorrectly numbered 443 and 554, engraved portrait frontispiece, 3 engraved plates, folding map, rebound in full leather, red title label gilt on the spine, new end papers, Hatchards printed, in gilt on the binding of the front inside cover, one of the original marbled end papers bound in, owners notes on 2 front free end papers as well as an uncancelled stamp Earl of Ellenborough's Heirlooms Book no 1644, the notes mention some worm holes in the last thirty pages, a very good copy.

Edward Terry (1590–1660) was an English chaplain at the English embassy to the Great Mogul and an author who wrote about the Mogul empire and South Asian cuisine. Terry wrote A Voyage to East-India as an expanded version of a manuscript that was first published in Purchas his Pilgrimes in 1625.

In 1616, the British East India Company appointed Terry as one of its fleet chaplains for a trip to India. While en route in the Indian Ocean, the fleet engaged and destroyed a Portuguese carrack. Terry later described this battle in his work.

What distinguished Voyage was Terry's detailed descriptions of the different ethnic groups in the region, including their cultures, languages, and religious beliefs. Terry was one of the first writers to describe Indian-style vegetarianism to Early Modern England. Given that Terry only visited two regions of the Indian Subcontinent, much of his commentary was probably based on other research.

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
  • Size: 16mo (150 x100m)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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