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HORSBURGH, James.


The India Directory, or Directions for sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the interjacent ports of Africa and South America: compiled chiefly from original journals of the honourable company's ships and from observations and remarks, resulting from the experience of twenty-one years in the navigation of those seas. Sixth Edition.
London: Wm. H. Allen and Co. 1852.

Volume one (only). 4to. (28 x 22 cm.). pp.xiv+xxxiv+650. Contemporary half calf over grey ribbed cloth boards.

James Horsburgh (1762 –1836) was a Scottish hydrographer who worked for the British East India Company. The Directory, first published 1809-11, was the standard work for oriental navigation in the first half of the 19th century. Horsburgh's charts, as advertised for sale on the last leaf of this set, were much valued for their accuracy in their day, and are now much prized by collectors. The Horsburgh Lighthouse which marks the eastern entrance to the Straits of Singapore was built in his memory in 1851.
Pp. 357-424 cover the route from the Red Sea along the Southern Arabian coast and thence around the Persian Gulf with details of every habitation and landmark along the way including Muscat, Sharja, Debai [Dubai], Abothubbee [Abu Dhabi], around the coast of Qatar, Bahrein, Graen "called also Quade" [Kuwait] etc etc.

Price £ 950.00
Stock Code 53521
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