This is the first American copy of this 1803 book by Louis De Grandpre, printed by David Carlisle for W Pelham & W P & L Blake...title page reads "Voyage in the Indian Ocean and to Bengal undertaken in the year 1790, containing an account of the sechelles, islands and trincomale, the character and arts of the people of India with some remarkable religious rites of the inhabitants of Bengal...to which is added a voyage in the Red Sea including a description of Mocha and of the trade of the Arabs of Yeman with some particulars of their manners, customs, etc...translated from the French of L De Grandpre, an officer in the French Army...book is complete, contains 300 pages..
the calf boards and leather spine display wear as seen in the photos..there are some scrapes to the boards, a few where the top leather is missing...the top & bottom of spine has wore thru(see photos) making the front board weak but still attached.. this spine wear has also caused the title page and the next page loose for a short length at top & bottom of these pages but still firmly attached...back cover is firm and all pages are attached to spine...there are initials and a short writing on inside cover, there are initials on inside back cover..title page is missing the very top part of the page just above "Voyage"(see photo)..I did not note any other tears or creasing to pages..all interior pages display aging, age toning & foxing in various degrees, there were leaves pressed within 6 pages which left a shape discoloration(see 6th photo)...the back of the book, pages 288-300 have heavy foxing(see last photo)...all pages are readable...book measures 7 1/4" X 4 1/2"....this book is a historical account of a French Army officer's voyage, Louis de Grandpre..a book you will enjoy having...
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