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Thomas Coriate traveller for the English - Coryate, Thomas - 1616. [1204516]
LONDON W. IAGGARD AND HENRY FEATHERSTON but c.1760 1616 - Small 4to (20.5 x 16 cm), [vi], 56pp., woodcut illustrations. Red morocco (by the Club Bindery, 1907), covers bordered in gilt, full gilt spine, top edge gilt, others uncut, a fine copy. In 1612 Coryate set out to India, travelling via Constantinople, Palestine and Mesopotamia and reaching Agra in 1616. His book documents this overland journey and his stay in the court of the Great Mongol in India in a flamboyant and euphuistic style. During the four years he had been in the East, Coryate learned Persian, Turkish, and Hindustani. On one occasion falling in with Sir Thomas Roe, the English ambassador at the court, he obtained an audience of the mighty potentate, and delivered an oration in Persian. Such anecdotes established his reputation as an eccentric and amusing figure, a judgment reinforced by the book's woodcut of Coryate atop a marvellous elephant. Four of his letters sent from the East are included in the compilation- to Sir Edward Philips, Laurence Whitaker, the High Seneschal and his mother. Coryate died of dysentery only a year after the first publication of this book in 1616, while travelling in Surat. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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