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[MALCOLM (Sir John)]
[MALCOLM (Sir John)] Sketches of Persia  from the Journals of a Traveller in the East, London, 1827
some spotting at front and back, 2 vols, 8vo, hf. green calf, rebacked with new end papers,
Although always listed as being by Sir John Malcolm, the author in his introduction to this work seems to distance himself from the great man, describing himself, perhaps disengenously, thus - "Nothing that had hitherto appeared respecting Persia at all frightened me. I am no historian, therefore I did not tremble at Sir John Malcolm's ponderous quartos; I am no tourist, Mr. Morier's Journeys gave me no uneasiness; the learned researches of Sir William Ousley were enough to terrify an antiquarian, but that was not my trade; and as I happen to have clumsy, untaught fingers, and little if any taste for the picturesque, I viewed, without alarm, the splendid volumes of Sir Robert Ker Porter."

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