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23 September 2010
IVES, Edward (d. 1786). A Voyage from England to India in the Year MDCCLIV. And an historical narrative of the squadron and army in India under ... Vice-Admiral Watson and Colonel Clive. London: Edward and Charles Dilly, 1773. 2 parts in one, 4° (263 x 203mm), 13 engraved plates, one folding, and 2 folding maps. (Light creasing.) Contemporary half calf and marbled boards (extremities rubbed, covers scuffed).
FIRST EDITION. From 1753 to 1757 the author was surgeon of the Kent, the flagship of Vice-Admiral Charles Watson, commander-in-chief in the East Indies. 'Ives's presence at many of the events which he describes and his close relationship with Vice-Admiral Watson give his historical narrative an unusual importance, and his accounts of the manners and customs of the inhabitants, of the diseases and medical practices, of the natural history, and of the products of the countries he visited, some then little known to Europeans, are those of an acute and, for his time, relatively enlightened observer' (ODNB). Cox I, p. 299.
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