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GROSE John-Henry
A Voyage to the East Indies, with Observations on Various Parts There
1757. First edition. 8vo. Contemporary calf, gilt, red morocco label to spine; joints and spine professionally repaired, extremities rubbed. Engraved bookplate to front paste-down endpaper. xxiv, 408pp. London, S. Hooper & A. Morley, Grose provides some valuable remarks on Bombay (Mumbai), offering advice for preserving one?s health in the unfamiliar climate, on the military and marine force, as well as on the so-called ?pirates? that plagued the coast. Chapter IX is devoted to Kanhoji Angré (1669-1729), an Admiral of the Maratha Navy, who tirelessly challenged European naval powers off the western coast of India. His enemies, stung by his success, branded him a pirate - a view adopted by all European accounts of the period. Toward the end of the volume he reports on the various religions practiced in India, with chapters on Catholicism, Islam and Hinduism. Chapter XIV, ?Of the Religion of the Parsees?, contains a historical overview of Zoroastrianism, an account of Zarathustra and a comparison of the early religion with the Parsi tradition. Grose explains that his observations, garnered from his own ?personal conversation with some of those descendants of the ancient Magi in Persia, now refugees in India? (p.337), are not made to shed new light on the subject, but to confirm and bolster the work of Orientalists such as Thomas Hyde (1636-1703). Nevertheless, he provides an intelligent and sensitive overview of the religion and a complimentary account of the Parsis: ??it is certain that that no morals are purer and innocenter[sic], either in public or private life, than thos … [Click Below for Full Description]
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