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An Historical Disquisition Concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India and the Progress of Trade with that Country Prior to the Discovery of the Passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope 110.00
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Robertson, William

Catalogue No.: ron05

Publisher:

London: Strahan & Cadell

Edition:

2nd edition; Published Date: 1794; First Published: 1791

Illustrations:

2 folding maps

Dimensions:

220 x 140 mm (9 x 6 inches)8vo - vi, 441pp.

Appearance:

Half-leather cover with marbled boards

Condition:

Ex lib. with stamps. Sympathetic modern binding with new marbled endpapers and ffeps. Contents in Good condition with mild browning commensurate with age and sporadic light foxing.

Born in the manse of Borthwick in Midlothian in 1721, William Robertson was an ordained minister of Lady Yester's church in Edinburgh. Horace Walpole, commenting on Robertson's earlier work, praised his style as 'uncommonly good'. He became principal of Edinburgh University in 1762 and, two years later, the King's historiographer. A noted Scottish historian of his time, Robertson's later work on Charles V was highly praised by Voltaire and Gibbon. This book on India was his last major project before his death in 1793.

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An Historical Disquisition Concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India and the Progress of Trade with that Country Prior to the Discovery of the Passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope