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A GEOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR OF THE PERSIAN EMPIRE - KINNEIR, John Macdonald - 1813. 
London John Murray 1813 - FIRST EDITION 1813. 4to, approximately 310 x 240 mm, 12¼ x 9½ inches, pages: (8), 486 including index, (2) - errata and adverts, LACKING THE MAP which was on 2 sheets, and were issued separately, handsomely rebound in modern full calf, 2 green gilt lettered labels, extra gilt spine, gilt and blind decoration to borders, marbled endpapers. Slight foxing to title page and occasionally within, mainly at the beginning. Text block tight and firm. A good attractive clean copy of a scarce work on Persia (lacking the maps as noted). See: Sotheby's, The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939, Part 3, No, 739; The Bibliographer's Manual by William Lowndes, states that some copies have a large folding map; not listed in the Sotheby's catalogues on Persia, The Library of Robert Michael Burrell (books on the Middle East) or The Library of Peter Hopkirk (Books on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East). John MacDonald Kinneir (1782-1830) was a Scottish traveller and diplomat. A captain in the Indian army, he was seconded to the East India Company's political department and in 1808-1809 he was attached to the mission of Sir John Malcolm to the court of Persia. He returned to England in 1810 where he prepared this work from his own observations and largely from a mass of information supplied to him by Sir John Malcolm to whom the book is dedicated. Later he was appointed by the East India Company as their official envoy to Persia (182430), and his mediation brought to an end the Russo-Persian War 182728. Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration 1800-1850, No. K14. The work describes the general geography and a brief history of the Empire plus government, trade, military, population, revenue, education, produce, architecture etc and then gives a detailed description of 23 provinces including Irak, Azerbijan, Laristan, Khorassan, Cabul, Armenia, Georgia, Daghestan etc. In the Appendix (page 363) the author lists a large number of detailed routes, many supplied by other travellers. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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