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DELLA VALLE, Pietro.

The travels of Pietro della Valle in India.

From the old English translation of 1664, by G. Havers ... with a life of the author, an introduction, and notes by Edward Grey.

Stock Code
66739
London, Printed for the Hakluyt Society, 1892
£140

Hakluyt Society first series, 84 & 85.

Della Valle travelled extensively in the Levant, Central Asia, and India from 1614-1626.

This English translation deals with his travels in India and his return. They contain accounts of his discussions with 'Hindoo' Brahmans about whether the Egyptians or Indians first came up with the concept of reincarnation, a dialogue with a woman who invited him to her upcoming sati, a description of the barefoot Queen of Olaza (Abbakka Chowta, Ullal), who was out on the embankments giving directions to her engineers—and many other bits of first-rate ethnography.

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Description

First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo., lvi, 192; xii, 193-455, 16 pp. 2 maps, 2 illustrations, original blue cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, spines darkened, else very good. Bookplates, spine labels, and blind stamps of the United Service Institution.

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