Dublin: Printed by J. Jones, 1823. 180pp., including engravings. Frontis. Engraved titlepage vignette. 12mo. Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt. Front hinge cracked, held by one cord; chipped at spine ends, corners worn. Internally neat and clean, and very good. Item #WRCAM32970
Recounts the fictitious travels of William Walsh, an Irishman, with Capt. Blisset aboard the British ship, Asia. Another volume, also published in Dublin in 1823, follows Walsh and Blisset through northern Asia. Though based on fiction, this volume gives much trustworthy information on India, Afghanistan, Nepal, China, and other parts of Southeast Asia. Included are descriptions of native peoples, climate, topography, natural history, and more. The engravings show an elephant hunt in Ceylon, a bird-catching spider, and a man in a carriage being transported by natives. The titlepage vignette shows a man riding an elephant. OCLC locates only three copies, at Yale, Harvard, and the National Library of Ireland. Scarce. OCLC 43050698.