A New Account of East-India and Persia in Eight Letters being Nine Years Travels begun 1672 and finished 1681. Containing observations made of the moral, natural, and artificial estate of the whole countries: namely of their government, religion, laws, customs. Of the soil, minerals, jewels. Of their housing, clothing, manufacturers, trades, commodities, and of the coins, weights, and measures, used in the principal places of trade in those parts.

Fryer, John.

Book ID: 17063


Folio. [1 dedication page], Blank, [3], xiii, [1 Errata], 427 pp., xxiv index, lacking engraved portrait frontispiece, title printed in red & black, 2 engraved plates & 2 maps, (of 8 plates & maps), full page engraved map illustration (with printed inlaid caption beneath), several woodcut illustrations, modern full calf, title gilt on raised spine, some tonal browning & spotting, blindstamps on title and plates, small hole on page 37 missing 3 words, R. R. for Richard Chiswell, first edition, 1698.


RARE WORK. John Fryer was an English doctor and traveller. He studied medicine at Cambridge University and was employed by the East India Company for nine years. On December 1672 he embarked on a lengthy tour of India, Goa, the Arab Gulf and Persia, not returning to England until in August 1682. Fryer arrived at Muscat in March 1676; he had left Surat for Hormuz abroad the merchant ship Scipio African. The ship was forced to return to Muscat due to monsoon winds. Fryer gives detailed account of both Surat and Muscat. He talks about the pirates in the Gulf, the tropical birds, the Imam of Muscat, the British trade in the area and the locust. The plates include botanical ones and palms with fruit and topographical views. A Dutch version appeared in The Hague, 1700.
Bibliographic references: Wing F 2257; Ghani, 144-145; Xavier Beguin Billecocq, Oman, pp. 118-119; Cix 1, 280; Cox 1, p. 220; Wilson p. 76.

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