DescriptionEdward Ives. A Voyage From England to India, in the Year MDCCLIV. And an Historical Narrative of the Operations of the Squadron and Army in India, under the Command of Vice-Admiral Watson and Colonel Clive in the years 1755, 1756, 1757; including a correspondence between the admiral and the nabob Serajah Dowlah ... Also, a Journey From Persia to England, by an Unusual Route. With an Appendix..etc. London: Edward and Charles Dilly, 1773.
First edition. Quarto. xii, 506 pages. Complete with two folding engraved maps and thirteen full-page copper plates, one of which is folding. Final blank present.
Contemporary leather with titles stamped in gilt on an expertly re-backed spine. Six compartments between five raised bands on the spine. Moderate shelf wear to the boards, mainly at the corners, with various scuffs and scratches elsewhere. Contents lightly toned with light foxing scattered throughout. Map showing Ives's route from Bassora to Latichea with moderate foxing on both sides. Map of India with additional fold creases. A very good copy of this rare work.
Charles Ives served as a surgeon under Watson in India. He passed through the Persian Gulf, Iraq, southwestern Turkey, Syria and Cyprus on his return to England. His book contains appendices on military and topical medicine, medical botany, and epidemiology. It also contains a very early illustration of a water pipe. "Ives' presence at many of the transactions he describes and his personal intimacy with Watson gives his historical narrative an unusual importance, and his accounts of the manners and customs of the inhabitants, and of the products of the countries he visited, are those of an enlightened and acute observer" (DNB).
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