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WATHEN, James.
Journal of a Voyage, in 1811 and 1812, to Madras and China; Returning by the Cape of Good Hope and St. Helena; in the H.C.S. the Hope, Capt. James Pendergrass.
London: Printed for J. Nichols, Son, and Bentley; and Black, Parry, and Co., 1814. London: Printed for J. Nichols, Son, and Bentley; and Black, Parry, and Co.,, 1814. in everything a picturesque turn of fancy" and the hint of an exotic imposture Tall quarto (266 x 215 mm). Contemporary streaked calf, rebacked in sheep, black morocco label, lozenges in blind to the compartments, panel in gilt to the boards, marbled edges and endpapers, the endpapers later. 24 hand-coloured aquatint plates by Clark after the author's own sketches. A little rubbed, particularly at the board edges, some offsetting from and to the plates and text-block lightly browned as usual, remains a very good copy. First edition of this attractive, informative and well-illustrated travelogue. In 1811, Wathen (1751-1828), a glover from Hereford occupied his retirement with numerous expeditions mostly within the British Isles, and many written up for Gentlemen's Magazine, to which he was a frequent contributor. In 1811 he sailed to India and China with Captain James Pendergrass, an old school friend, the voyage resulting in the present work which, published to generally favourable reviews, includes seven views of India, six of Indonesia, nine of China, and two of St. Helena. "The author displays in every thing a picturesque turn of fancy, and is attracted on all occasions by the visible imagery which surrounds him. Both by his descriptions and his sketches, he has added to our knowledge of Madras and its neighbourhood, of Pulo-penang, and of Canton; and he will be followed by the reader and the gazer with m … [Click Below for Full Description]
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