A Voyage in the Indian Ocean and to Bengal – L. De Grandpre (1814)

S$220.00

A Voyage in the Indian Ocean and to Bengal – L. De Grandpre (1814)

S$220.00

Title: A Voyage in the Indian Ocean and to Bengal undertaken in the Year 1790, containing an Account of the Sechelles-Idlands 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 Yemen, with some particulars of their Manners, Customs, etc

Author: L. De Grandpre

Publisher: William Fessenden, Brattleborough, 1814.

Condition: Hardcover, full leather, calf. Reading copy only. A moderately-battered book, with water damage to first and last few pages. Hinges cracked and ffep missing, and some scribbling to endpapers. Binding tight, text clean and unmarked. 305pp., app 7″x4″.

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An eminently readable and entertaining narrative of the author’s voyage from Mauritius to Bengal in 1790, containing his many observations and opinions on the people, culture, trade and politics. He discusses why the French were, at that time, on the decline in India, as well as the weaknesses of Dutch rule in Ceylon. There are descriptions of temple dances and learned Brahmins, and even an account of his failed attempt at rescuing a beautiful widow from burning herself on the funeral pyre. We find out that Malaccans were once addicted to opium, and that there were many Malaccan soldiers at Trincomalee in Sri Lanka. Other interesting bits include the fact that Indian handkerchiefs were in high demand in Europe, that poor English ladies were shipped to India to marry British officials (often Anglo-Indians), and the intricacies of coffee cultivation in Mocha (al-Mukha) in Yemen.

About the author (from Wikipedia):

Louis Marie Joseph Ohier de Grandpré (May 7, 1761 – January 7, 1846) was a French naval officer and slave trader.Between 1789 and 1790, Grandpré toured the Indian Ocean, beginning at Île de France (Mauritius), and included visits to India, the Seychelles, Vietnam (then Cochin China), Yemen, and Sri Lanka.