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IRWIN, Eyles (1751-1817).
A Series of Adventures in the Course of a Voyage up the Red-Sea, on the Coasts of Arabia and Egypt; and of a route through the desarts of Thesbais, hither to unknown to the European traveler, in the year MDCCLXXVII in letters to a lady.
London: Printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall, 1780. London:: Printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall, 1780., 1780. 4to. xv, [1], 400, [2 blank] pp. Half-title, errata, 3 engraved plates (facing pp. 11, 49, 237), and 3 folding engraved maps (facing pp. 69, 291, 355); foxed throughout. Original gilt-stamped calf with black spine label; worn, upper joint reinforced with Kozo. Several ownership ink signatures of Bishop Norton, including on title. Very good. FIRST EDITION. The Critical Review reports regarding Irwin and this work, "The author … seems to be an active and spirited young man, of good sense and understanding, with a tender and benevolent heart, who has performed the disagreeable task allotted him by his masters, the East India Company, with great zeal and intrepidity; met with many hair-breadth scapes, and braved innumerable dangers amongst a set of unlettered, barbarous, and perfidious savages, though dangerous and uncultivated desarts, hitherto unknown to the European traveler." – The Critical Review, v.49, 1780, ed. Tobias George Smollett, p. 405 [405-412]. // The East India Company servant Eyles Irwin, born in Calcutta in 1751, was appointed to survey the Black Town in 1771 and "was made superintendent of the lands belonging to Madras . . . In 1776 he became caught up in the political storm that overtook the governor of Madras, George Pigot, who was placed in confinement by members of his own council. Irwin supported Pigot, and in August he was suspended from the company's service. Early in 1777 he left India in order to seek redress in England. Irwin later publish … [Click Below for Full Description]
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