JAMES, Silas.

A narrative of a voyage to Arabia,

£2,850

A narrative of a voyage to Arabia,
India, &c. Containing, amidst a variety of information, a description of Saldanha Bay; with remarks on the genious and disposition of the natives of Arabia Felix; The manners and customs of the people of Hindoston; of the island of Madagascar, and other parts beyond the Cape of Good Hope. Interspersed with some particulars, relative to the author’s remarkable interview with his father, on the coast of Malabar. Performed in the years 1781, 82, 83, and 84…
London, Printed for the author, and sold by W. Baynes, 1797.

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A narrative of a voyage to Arabia,

Description

“James, much against his will, appears to have been compelled to serve on board one of the vessels in Commodore Johnstone’s expedition to the Cape in 1781, and took part in the engagements at Port Praya and Saldanha Bay. Theal remarks … “that he gives some particulars not to be found in the official reports of either the English or French Commanders. He describes also the capture of the Held Woltemaade, and the seizure of the Dutch Indiamen in Saldanha Bay. his account must be compared with official documents, however, as it is not strictly accurate.” James gives a short account of parts of the Cape Colony, and describes some of the districts near Saldanha Bay as “a modern Eden””(Mendelssohn).

Scarce. ESTC on-line lists only 8 copies. Another, undated issue with slightly different wording to title and a subscriber list appeared in the same year which is equally scarce, again ESTC listing just 8 copies. No priority given.

Description

First edition. 8vo., 232pp., portrait frontispiece, complete with half title, contemporary half calf, spine chipped at head, corners worn, slightly rubbed, marbled sides,

Bibliography

Mendelssohn I, 765.

 

Stock ID: 88486