FIRST ENGLISH ACCOUNT OF PERSIA
Fourth and Best Edition, engraved pictorial title, upper blank margin restored, maps and illustrations in the text, folio, contemporary speckled calf worn, rebacked, spine laid down,with original label, bookplate of Edna and Frank Bradlow,
Sir Thomas Herbert (1606 - 1682), gives the first English account of Persia. It is one of the best records of 17th-century travel. He visited Mauritius in June 1627. His description of the island was of a paradise, and how he hunted wild hens with a red handkerchief. He gives a description and a remarkable illustration of the Dodo male and female which became extinct later in that century. Here is a view of the Bay of Port Louis with the mountain range in the background and like the view of Table Mountain earlier on in the work, is the first pictorial representation. Lowndes - "To this fourth and best impression many things are added, not in the former."
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