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Early Travels in India, being Reprints of Rare and Curious Narratives of Old Travellers in India, in the sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. First Series, comprising "Purchas's Pilgrimage" and the "travels of Van Linschoten".
Calcutta: Printed at the "Englishman" Press and published by R. Le Page & Co., 1864 - Octavo. Publisher's marbled cloth, title gilt to the spine, single panel in blind to the boards, yellow surface-paper endpapers. A little rubbed, corners bumped, spine a touch sunned, a few pages crumpled at the top corner, with attendant soiling, pale toning, but overall very good. Half-title bound in. First edition. Uncommon, just 5 locations on Copac - BL, UCL, SOAS, Glasgow and Oxford - OCLC adds Newberry, California State Library, Kansas State University, Cornell, Minnesota, Toronto Public Library, and University of Virginia. "In consequence of the difficulty which has been experienced in collecting at a reasonable price and within a reasonable compass, the works of old Geographers and Travellers respecting India, an arrangement was made with Mr. J. O'B. Saunders, the Editor of the "Englishman " for publishing from time to time in his Saturday Evening Journal, such old descriptions of India and especially such old travels in this country, as were both curious and rare, accompanied by such explanatory notes as might be useful to the general reader" (Preface). Wheeler (1824-97), travelled out to India in 1858 seeking a new challenge having been "was unsuccessful as a publisher and bookseller but gaining some credit as a writer of handbooks for university students and of a more elaborate work on the geography of Herodotus" (ODNB). During the Crimean War, he was at the War Office as a supernumerary clerk. In Madras he was appointed editor of the Madras Spectator "but abandoned journalism on being appointed professor of moral and mental philosophy in the Madras Presidency College In May 1860 he was employed by the Madras government to examine its records; the results of his research appeared as Madras in the Olden Time (1861)". He continued his career in a variety of administrative posts, all the while producing a series of historiographical works; "Wheeler was one of the first historians of British India to rely primarily on documentary sources. Although his perspectives were unequivocally imperialist, his work continues to be consulted for its empirical strengths". A very pretty copy in its attractive original binding. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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