9 December 2009
HERBERT, Sir Thomas (1606-1682). Some years Travels into ... Africa and Asia. Describing more particularly the Empires of Persia, and Industant. London: R. Everingham for R. Scot, T. Basset, J. Wright, and R. Chiswell, 1677.
2o (332 x 199 mm). Engraved additional title, 3 engraved plates (including folding view after W. Hollar) and numerous engraved maps and illustrations in text. Contemporary calf (some wear). Provenance: James B. Ford, presented to the Explorers Club (bookplate and blindstamp; sale Christie's New York, 11 June 1982, lot 324).
Fourth edition. Herbert accompanied the mission led by Sir Dodmore Cotton to the court of the King of Persia, arriving in the Persian Gulf in January 1627-8. Cotton died in July of the same year, but Herbert continued, making an extensive tour of the kingdom and returning to England at the end of 1629. The first edition was published in 1634. Sabin 31471; Wing H-1536.
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