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HANWAY, Jonas (1712--1786)
An historical account of the British trade over the Caspian Sea: with a journal of travels from London through Russia into Persia; and back again through Russia, Germany, and Holland. To which are added, the revolutions of Persia during the present century, with the particular history of the great usurper Nadir Kouli. In two volumes. By James Hanway, ...
Dublin: printed for William Smith, and Richard James, 1754.
2 vols ; 19.9 cm. (8º)
I: i--vi, [4], vii--xxiii, [1], 588, [18] p., engr. frontis., [4] pl. (3 fold., 1 port.), [3] fold. maps
II: iv, xvi, 5--599, [31] p., engr. frontis., [1] pl. (port.), [1] fold. map

Volume II, part III has separate title-page reading: The revolutions of Persia, containing the reign of Shah Sultan Hussein, with the invasion of the Afghans and the reigns of Sultan Mir Maghmud and his successor Sultan Ashreff .... As a partner of a St. Petersburg merchant, Hanway made a journey in 1743 down the Volga and by the Caspian Sea to Persia with a caravan of woolen goods, and returned in 1745 by the same route. Dr. Johnson said of him 'that he acquired a reputation travelling abroad, but lost it all by travelling at home'. Hanway is now primarily remembered as one of the great philanthropists and educators of his time. He founded the Marine Society, the Magdalen Hospital, and organisations to help poor children, several of which are represented in Soane's Library in reports and directories (qq.v.). The plates are numbered as for the London 4-volume edition and are here inserted at random, with the vol. II frontispiece of Catherine the Great misbound between the dedication and contents. Includes list of subscribers. ESTC t72787.

Copy Notes In this copy the list of subscribers (two unnumbered unsigned conjugate leaves) is bound between pp. vi and vii (leaves A3 and A4). Bought from Thomas Boone for 10s. 6d, 16 July 1807. (Spiers Box).

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled spine, red and green morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 291


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