Sketches of Persia, from the journals of a Traveller in the East. In two volumes.
by MALCOLM, Colonel Sir John (1769-1833).
London:: John Murray, 1827., 1827. Two volumes. Small 8vo. xvi, 278; iv, 281,  pp. Original mauve cloth, brown leather gilt-stamped spine label; spines darkened, some kozo repairs to spine. Ex-library from the Library of the Chambers Institution [withdrawn]. Very rare. First edition. Written anonymously; dedicated to John Fleming, W.D., F.R.S., late President of the Medical Board of Calcutta. Extremely interesting gathering of the annals of Malcolm's travel diaries, given as anecdotes of his experiences. The author offers, " . . . as far as Persia. . . . for I have had designs upon that country . . . I had seen something of it, and had indulged a hope that I might, at my leisure, gratify the public by allowing them to participate in my stock of information; but being of an indolent disposition I deferred the execution of his, my favorite plan, until that anticipated period of repose, the prospect of which, however, distant, has always cheered a life of vicissitude and labour." [p. viii]. Throughout the book Malcolm offers a great deal of detail and his writing is very enjoyable to read.
(Inventory #: ME1097)
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