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“ Often as I read in the books of histories and cosmography the marvellous things whereof they make “ mention, especially in the East parts of the world, there was nothing that could pacify my unquiet mind, “ until I had with mine eyes seen the truth thereof, and in my own person beheld the situation of lands “ and regions, with the manners and customs of men; and variable forms, shapes, natures, and proprieties of “ beasts, fruits, and trees; especially such as are among the Arabians, Persians, and Indians. And whereas, « in the searching of these things, we have, thanked be God, satisfied our desire, we think nevertheless that « we have done little, except we should communicate to other such things as we have seen and had ex“perience of; that they likewise, by the reading thereof, may take pleasure; for whose sakes we have “ written this long and dangerous discourse of things which we have seen in divers regions and sects of men; “ desiring nothing more than that the truth may be known to them that desire the same. But what in “ commodities and troubles chanced to me in these voyages, as hunger, thirst, cold, heat, wars, captivity, “ terrors, and divers other such dangers, I will declare in their due place.”
Travels of VERTOMANNUS in 1503.
“ The eastern front was glorious to behold,
SELECTED AND ABRIDGED FROM
A SERIES OF FAMILIAR LETTERS
SEVENTEEN YEARS RESIDENCE IN INDIA:
PARTS OF AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICA,
A NARRATIVE OF OCCURRENCES IN FOUR INDIA VOYAGES.
Illustrated by Engravings from Original Drawings.
BY JAMES FORBES, F.R.S. &c.
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR BY T. BENSLEY, BOLT COURT.