A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels, Volume 9


A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in All Parts of the World is a 17-volume compilation of travel narratives assembled by the Scottish historian and poet John Pinkerton (1758‒1826), first published in Great Britain in 1808‒14. A contemporary and acquaintance of the historian Edward Gibbon and the novelist Sir Walter Scott, Pinkerton wrote books on Scottish history and poetry, numismatics, and other topics, as well as his own plays and poems. Many of the narratives were newly translated into English from French, German, Dutch, Latin, Italian, Spanish, and other European languages. Each volume is illustrated with plates. A six-volume American edition of Pinkerton’s collection of voyages was published in Philadelphia in 1810‒12. Shown here is the ninth volume of the original London edition, which includes narratives of travel by Europeans to Asia, particularly to Persia, Burma, and Vietnam. Three of the accounts of travel in Persia are particularly notable: the extracts from the Viaggi (Journeys) of Pietro della Valle (1586‒1652), one of the most remarkable European Renaissance records of the lands between Istanbul and Goa; the detailed descriptions of Persia by Sir John Chardin (1643‒1713); and the account by Anthony Jenkinson (1529‒1611) of England’s early efforts to establish trade links with Persia.

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