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Travels in India

Travels in India
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia

  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108046046

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  • In 1676, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605–89), French merchant, traveller and pioneer of trade with India, published an account of his journey through India. This two-volume translation, published in 1889 by Irish geologist Valentine Ball (1843–94), includes a biographical sketch of the author, notes and appendices. Tavernier begins his tale with the declaration that 'I came into this world to travel.' As well as most of Europe, he visited large areas of Turkey, Persia and India (where he acquired the great gem, now known as the Hope Diamond, which he sold to Louis XIV), and sailed to Java. Volume 1 describes the journey to Agra and Delhi and begins an account of India which is continued in Volume 2. Tavernier then sails to the East Indies and returns home via St Helena. His interest in the details of everything he saw makes this work a fascinating read.

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108046046
    • dimensions: 211 x 141 x 61 mm
    • weight: 1.42kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Introduction - life of J. B. Tavernier
    Title page of original edition
    Dedication to the King
    Design of the author
    Table of the books and chapters
    'Avis' to the reader
    Travels in India: Book I. Concerning Routes Which One May Take to Go from Ispahan to Agra, and from Agra to Delhi and Jahánárád, Where the Court of the Great Mogul Is at Present
    as Also to the Court of the King of Golconda and to that of the King of Bijapur, and to Several Other Places in India:
    1. Route from Ispahan to Agra by (way of) Gombroon (Bandar Abbás), where particular mention is made of the navigation from Hormuz to Surat
    2. Concerning the customs, the money, the exchange, the weights, and the measures of India
    3. Concerning carriages and the manner of travelling in India
    4. Route from Surat to Agra by Burhánpur and Sironj
    5. Route from Surat to Agra by Ahmadábád
    6. Route from Ispahan to Agra by Kandahár
    7. Sequence of the same route from Delhi up to Agra
    8. Route from Agra to Patna and Dacca, towns of the Province of Bengal
    and the quarrel which the author had with Sháistá Khán, uncle of the King
    9. Route from Surat to Golconda
    10. Of the Kingdom of Golconda, and the wars which it has carried on during the last few years
    11. Route from Golconda to Masulipatam
    12. Route from Surat to Goa, and from Goa to Golconda by Bijapur
    13. Remarks upon the present condition of the town of Goa
    14. Concerning what the author did during his sojourn at Goa on his last journey in 1648
    15. History of Father Ephraim, Capuchin, and how he was cast into the Inquisition at Goa
    16. Route from Goa to Masulipatam by Cochin, described in the history of the capture of that town by the Dutch
    17. Route by sea from Hormuz to Masulipatam
    18. Route from Masulipatam to Gandikot, a town and fortress in the Province of Carnatic, and the author's transactions with Mir Jumla, who commanded the army of the King of Golconda
    in which also there is a full description of elephants
    19. Route from Gandikot to Golconda
    20. Return from Surat to Hormuz, and how the author found himself engaged in a very rough and dangerous naval combat, from which he escaped without accident
    Book II. Historical and Political Description of the Empire of the Great Mogul:
    1. Account of the last wars in Hindustan, in which is set forth the present condition of the Empire and the Court of the Great Mogul
    2. Concerning the sickness and supposed death of Sháh Jahán, King of India, and the rebellion of the Princes, his sons
    3. Concerning Sháh Jahán's prison, and how he was punished by Aurangzer, his third son, for the injustice he had done to Prince Boláki his nephew, grandson of Jahángir, to whom, since he was the son of the firstborn, the Empire of the Moguls belonged
    4. Concerning the flight of Dárá Sháh to the Kingdoms of Sind and Gujarát
    his second battle with Aurangzeb
    his capture and death
    5. How Aurangzer seated himself upon the throne and had himself declared King
    and concerning the flight of Sultan Shujá
    6. Concerning the prison of Sultan Muhammad, son of Aurangzer, and of Sultan Suliman Sheko, eldest son of Dárá Sháh
    7. Concerning the beginning of Aurangzeb's reign, and the death of Sháh Jahán, his father
    8. Concerning the preparations which are made for the festival of the Great Mogul, when he is solemnly weighed every year
    of the splendour of his thrones and the magnificence of his Court
    9. Concerning other details of the Great Mogul's Court
    10. The Great Mogul orders all his jewels to be shown to the author
    11. Terms of the passport which the Nawáb Sháistá Khán sent to the author, with some letters which he wrote to him and the replies to them, in which the style of these countries manifests itself
    Appendix. Volume 2: Book II continued. Historical and Political Description of the Empire of the Great Mogul:
    12. Concerning the

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    Jean-Baptiste Tavernier


    Valentine Ball

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