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MILDENHALL, John, John CARTWRIGHT and [Samuel PURCHAS (editor)].
Oost-Indise voyagien van Johan Mildenhal en Johan Cartwright; onder veel avontuuren en opmerkelyke waarnemingen, (in de jaren 1599 en 1606) te water en te lande, gedaan na de landen van Persien en den Grooten Mogol.Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, 1706. Folio. With an engraving on the title-page by Jan Goeree and 2 engraved illustrations in text. Modern decorated cloth.
10 ll.First edition of the Dutch translation of the accounts of two British travellers, John Mildenhall (1560-1614) and John Cartwright, who travelled to Persia and the Moghul Empire. The accounts were originally edited by the British cleric Samuel Purchas (1577-1626) and published in his volumes with travelogues, entitled Purchas his pilgrimage. The majority of the work consists of John Cartwright's account of his voyage from Aleppo to Isfahan, illustrated with two engravings. "After separating from Mildenhall, Cartwright proceeded to Isfahan and continued to travel widely in the Middle East. The account of his journeys is one of the most valuable of the period" (Howgego). He describes the people, architecture, religion, geography, infrastructure, etc.Also included are two letters by John Mildenhall, written in 1509 and 1606. The first letter briefly describes his route from London to Kandahar in Afghanistan, via Smyrna, Istanbul, Aleppo, Urfa, and Van, with some occasional remarks on the cities, the weather, and the days of travelling. Mildenhall met John Cartwright in Aleppo, and the two travelled together up to Kandahar. "Although it is know that he arrived in India in 1603, the subsequent years of Mildenhall's travels are undocumented" (Howgego). Mildenhall's second letter was written from Qazvin, Iran, and describes his stay at the Moghul court.With only some occasional minor spotting, otherwise in very good condition.l Howgego, to 1800, C58 and M138; STCN 190883286 (5 copies).
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