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A TRUE AND ALMOST INCREDIBLE REPORT OF AN ENGLISHMAN,
London, printed by I. N. for Hugh Perry, 1631.. that (being cast away in the good ship called the Assension in Cambaya, the farthest part of the East Indies) travelled by land thorow many unknowne kingdomes and great cities. VVith a particular description of all those kingdomes, cities, and people: as also, a relation of their commodities and manner of traffique, and at what seasons of the yeere they are most in use. Faythfully related: with a discovery of a great emperour called the Great Mogoll, a prince not till now knowne to our English nation. Third edition, 1631. Slim 4to, 180x 140 mm, 7 x 5½ inches, printed in black letter, pages (2 of 8), 68, plus colophon leaf, initial and final blank leaves are missing as are 2 preliminary leaves which should follow the title page, the main text is complete. The title page appears to be a later printed replacement (it is not a photocopy facsimile) it is tipped onto the inner edge of page 1 and the mistake "Traffiqne" which appears on the title pages of all the 1631 editions we could find, has been corrected to "Traffique". Bound in half green roan over marbled boards, gilt title to spine. Spine rubbed, corners and board edges slightly worn, small scrape to surface paper on lower cover, some pencil notes on front pastedown, 3 armorial bookplates on endpapers, 1 belonging to Frances Mary Richardson Currer and another to her grandfather Mathew Wilson, title page just very slightly narrower than page 1, upper margins slightly trimmed, shaving running title in a few places, small light brown stain to lower corner of 4 leaves, light browning to a few pages. Binding tight and firm. A very good copy of a scarce book, (lacking 2 preliminary leaves as noted). There is very little information about Robert Coverte. Although styled on the title page as Captaine Robert Covert, It seems he was steward on the 'Ascension' which sailed from Plymouth in 1607. The vessel ran aground going into Surat, the primary port of the Moghul Empire, but the crew escaped ashore in boats. An English merchant introduced them to the court of the Great Mogul at Agra arriving in December 1609. Coverte with his companions started out for home from Agra at the beginning of 1610 choosing to travel overland through Kandahar, Esfahan, and Baghdad. They reached Aleppo in December 1610 and then took a ship back to England arriving in April 1611. Coverte's account of his travels was first published in 1612 and again in 1614. Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration, Volume I, C211; Cox, Volume I, page 266. England?s first lady book collector, Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785-1861) was a well-known bibliophile and scholar, and had one of the largest libraries in the north of England. She was one of the founders of the Clergy Daughters School at Cowan Bridge which Charlotte and Emily Bronte both attended and her surname is undoubtedly the source of Charlotte's pseudonym, 'Currer Bell'. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.
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