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Herbert (Thomas)


Describing more particularly the Empires of Persia and Industan: Interwoven with such remarkable occurences as hapned in those parts during these later times.

Published: R. Scot, T. Basset, J Wright and R. Chiswell, London, 1677

Edition: Third edition 4th impression

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As also, many other rich and famous kingdoms in the oriental India, and the Isles adjacent.

Severally relating their Religion, Language, Customs and Habit: as also proper Observations concerning them.

In this Fourth Impression are added (by the Author now living) as well many Additions throughout the whole Work, as also several Sculptures, never before Printed.

Third edition 4th impression: 399, xvi pages, additional engraved pictorial title page, map, plans, 3 engraved plates, 1 double-page engraving of Persepolis by Wenceslas Hollar (small portion of the fore edge missing not affecting the printed area). Later half leather with marbled boards which are worn around the edges, titled gilt on the spine, contents crisp, a very good copy.

Extracted from: Aune (M.G.) Sir Thomas Herbert. Travels in Africa, Persia and Asia the Great in Seventeeth Century News, Fall-Winter 2014: ‘Sir Thomas Herbert (1606-1682) is best known as a companion to Charles I in the last years of the monarch's life. Herbert was also one of a group of English and Scotsmen who emerged in the seventeenth century, journeying great distances and returning to write lengthy travel narratives about their experiences. Their books were typically encyclopedic, indebted to humanist conventions of the previous century.

Herbert's Travels was among the most popular, appearing in five printings between 1634 and 1677. Herbert made the best of the experience by composing a narrative of the journey there and back with digressions on the various places and peoples he encountered. The voyage out began in Dover, sailed via the Canary Islands, Robben Island, around the Cape of Good Hope, stopped at Madagascar, Ethiopia, Goa, and Surat seeing Coryate's grave, eventually arriving at Gambrun [Bandar Abbas].

Herbert and the remaining English returned through India and again around the Cape. After his return, while waiting to assume his position at court Herbert wrote the first version of his travel narrative, A Description of the Persian Monarchy now beinge: the Orientall Indyes, lies and other parts of the greater Asia and Africk (1634). The book was an impressive folio with an engraved title page and thirty-five copperplate engravings and maps. Herbert continued to work on the book, producing an enlarged edition entitled Some Yeares Travels into Divers Parts of Asia and Afrique in 1638. A third revision that included still more, largely historical material, had three printings in 1664, 1665, and 1677. The 1665 edition is noteworthy for the inclusion of an engraving of Persepolis by Wenceslas Hollar, commissioned by Herbert.’

  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: Large 4to: (305 x200 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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