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    First Edition of Herbert's Account of the First English Embassy to Persia - with an Extra Engraved Title-Page

    Sir Thomas Herbert. A Relation Of Some Yeares Travaile Begunne Anon 1626. Into Afrique and the greater Asia, especially the Territories of the Persian Monarchie: and some parts of the Orientall Indies, and Iles adiacent. Of their Religion, Language, Habit, Discent, Ceremonies, and other matters concerning them... London: Will[iam] Stansby & Jacob Bloome, 1634. First edition. Folio. Approximately 10.25 x 7 inches. [A]6, B-2H4. [10], 225, [15] pages. Extra-engraved title-page by William Marshall. With thirty-six engraved illustrations and maps in text, printer's devices, head-pieces, decorated initials. Contemporary full sheep, boards and spine triple-ruled in blind, marbled endleaves. Front board loose, top of spine lost, some rubbing and wear to binding, inner hinges strengthened. Some soiling and stains to text, some marginal worming (no text affected), C1 cut into at bottom (some text touched), a few edge tears, 2C2-3 shorter at bottom. A good copy.
    STC 13190. ESTC s119687. Alden 634/68. Cox I, 248. Ghani 176 ("One of the best early Western books on Persia.") Sabin 31471. Wilson 94. Taylor 1552. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Herbert, Sir Thomas. A Relation Of Some Yeares Travaile Begunne Anon 1626. Into Afrique and the greater Asia, especially the Territories of the Persian Monarchie: and some parts of the Orientall Indies, and Iles adiacent. Of their Religion, Language, Habit, Discent, Ceremonies, and other matters concerning them. Together with the proceedings and death of the three late Ambassadours: Sir D. C., Sir R. S. and the Persian NOGDI-BEG: As also the two great Monarchs, the King of Persia, and the Great Mogol. [Engraved extra-t.p.] A Description Of The Persian Monarchy. Now beinge: The Oriental Indys. Iles, & other parts of the Greater Asia, and Africa. London: Will[iam] Stansby & Jacob Bloome, 1634. Folio. [A]6, B-2H4. [10],225,[15]p. Contemp sheep, blind rules on covers, top of spine lost, some small damages and rubbing, marbled endpapers, inner hinges strengthened; some soiling and stains, some marginal worming (no text affected), C1 cut into at bottom (some text touched), a few edge tears, 2C2-3 shorter at bottom. Extra-engraved t.p. by William Marshall. 36 engraved illustrations and maps in text, printer's devices, head-pieces, decorated initials. First Editon.

    Herbert, Sir Thomas 1606-1682, traveller and author. "In 1627 he obtained, through the influence of his kinsman William Herbert, third earl of Pembroke, a place in the suite of Sir Dodmore Cotton, accredited as ambassador to the king of Persia, with whom and Sir Robert Shirley he sailed in March in the Rose, East Indiaman, for Gombrun, in the Persian Gulf, where, after touching at the Cape of Good Hope, Madagascar, and Swali in Surat, they arrived on 10 Jan. 1627-8. Cotton, with Herbert and Shirley in his train, then proceeded to Ashraff, where he had an audience of the king. They then visited Mount Taurus and Casbin, where Cotton and Shirley died. Towards the end of July Herbert with the rest of the party left Casbin, and, having obtained letters of safe-conduct from the king, made an extensive tour in his dominions, visiting Coom, Cashan, Bagdad, and other important towns. He suffered much from dysentery, and returned to Swali early in the following year, whence he took ship for England on 12 April. On his homeward voyage he touched at Ceylon and various ports on the Coromandel coast, Mauritius, and St. Helena, arriving in Plymouth Sound towards the end of the year (1629)...Herbert wrote an account of his Eastern travels, with many digressions by the way into historical and geographical topics, under the title 'A Description of the Persian Monarchy now beinge: the Orientall Indyes Iles and other parts of the Greater Asia and Africk...' The book had great vogue in its time, and was translated into Dutch in 1658, and from the Dutch into French in 1663. Written in a lively and agreeable style, it contains much that is interesting and curious, particularly a dissertation to prove that America was discovered three hundred years before Columbus by one Madoc ap Owen." [DNB]

    "Herbert's narrative 'is of considerable importance from a historical point of view, as giving us the only detailed account available of the first English Embassy to Persia, to say nothing of the information afforded concerning the redoubtable Shah Abbas and his chief servants.' [Quoted by Cox from Sir William Forster's Introduction.]

    STC 13190. ESTC s119687. Alden 634/68. Cox I, 248. Ghani 176 "One of the best early Western books on Persia." Sabin 31471. Wilson 94. Taylor 1552.



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