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An historical sketch of Goa, the metropolis of the Portuguese settlements in India. Madras (now Chennai), "printed for the Proprietor, by William Twigg, at the Gazette Press", 1831. Small narrow 4to (20 x 14 cm). With a folding engraved map of the city of Goa (23.5 x 26.5 cm). Contemporary half tree calf.
- Graesse II, p. 286; Smith & Vining, American Geographers, 1784-1812, pp. 44-45. First (and only early English) edition of a detailed account of the city of Goa and its surroundings on the west coast of India, with a folding map of the city, engraved in Madras by W. Jervis. In addition to the general history and description of Goa, with an emphasis on the Portuguese colonists, the book includes a biography of the author; brief notes on the viceroys, governors, bishops and archbishops of Goa, from 1505 to the time of publication; information on the churches and religious orders; the islands and surroundings; and the people of various social classes. An essential reference for any study of the city and a primary source for the early 19th century. In very good condition and with generous margins, with a small tear in the folding map, the corner of one leaf torn off (not approaching the text) and a marginal stain in the last few leaves, with some damage at the foot of a few of those leaves. The binding is slightly rubbed and has a few chips along the edges, but is otherwise very good.
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