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The commerce and navigation of the ancients in the Indian Ocean London, T. Cadell, W. Davies, 1807. 2 volumes. 4to. With 2 aquatint frontispiece portraits, an aquatint plate, and 15 engraved plates with maps and nautical charts (12 folding), some by Alexander Dalrymple, some reproducing Islamic manuscript maps. Further with 2 folding letterpress tables. Modern half calf, marbled sides.
- Howgego N10; Goldsmith’s Lib. 19402; Kress Lib. B5275. Definitive second edition, revised, expanded and with additional maps, of a detailed scholarly study of ancient navigation in and cartography of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf region the Arabian peninsula and Ceylon, by William Vincent (1739-1815). Volume 1 is devoted to the 325 BCE voyage of Nearchus, a Macedonian General under Alexander the Great, from the mouth of the Indus River along the coasts of what are now Pakistan and Iran, into the Gulf. Vincent calls it "the first event of general importance to mankind in the history of navigation". The second volume continues with other classical sources for voyages to India and Ceylon, including Homer, Herodotus and Ptolemy, along with many less well known. It also covers Vasco de Gamba and other early Portuguese voyagers. An appendix on ancient maps of the world includes a map by Muhammad al-Idrisi (1099-1165/66) from a manuscript in the Bodleian Library. It also includes several references to pearl fishing in Bahrain and elsewhere.With stamp on both title-pages. With brown offsets from the ink of the plates onto the facing pages and a tear through the text of one leaf, but otherwise in good condition, with a few smaller and mostly marginal tears and tiny holes, a couple tears repaired on the folds of plates and other minor defects. A detailed study of ancient navigation in and around the Indian Ocean and the Gulf, with numerous excellent maps.
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