An Historical Disquisition concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India; and the Progress of Trade with that Country prior to the Discovery of the Passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope. William ROBERTSON.
An Historical Disquisition concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India; and the Progress of Trade with that Country prior to the Discovery of the Passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope.

An Historical Disquisition concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India; and the Progress…
An Historical Disquisition concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India; and the Progress of Trade with that Country prior to the Discovery of the Passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope.

London: A. Strathan and T. Cadell, 1791.

Quarto, with two large folding maps; expertly rebacked in polished calf with gilt lettered label, original marbled boards retained, an attractive copy.

Ancient seafaring contact between India and the West?

Carefully researched history of contact between Europe and India, by Scottish parson and historian William Robertson 1721–1793. With both sons deployed in India, and a score of knowledgeable friends including the geographer James Rennell and Robert Orme; Robertson carefully collated all extant sources from the ancient Near East and classical literature through to the sixteenth century. Rennell is famously remembered for his treatise on the geographical knowledge of Herodotus, and is credited as the inspiration for this book.

Carefully researched history of contact between Europe and India, by Scottish parson and historian William Robertson 1721–1793. With both sons deployed in India, and a score of knowledgeable friends including the geographer James Rennell and Robert Orme; Robertson carefully collated all extant sources from the ancient Near East and classical literature through to the sixteenth century. Rennell is famously remembered for his treatise on the geographical knowledge of Herodotus, and is credited as the inspiration for this book.
Core sections provide curious insights into navigation and seafaring in the ancient world. Robertson writes 'in order to give an accurate idea of the imperfection both of the theory and practice of navigation among the ancients, and to explain with scientific precision, the manner in which they ascertained the position of places, and calculated their latitude and longitude… my ingenious and respectable colleague, Mr. Playfair, Professor of Mathematics, has supplied.' Playfair also constructed the two maps; the first is based on Ptolemy, while the second is modern (both span the vast distance from Arabia to Sumatra).

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