Item #5000370 The Oriental Voyager: or, descriptive sketches and cursory remarks on a voyage to India and China, in H.M.S. Caroline, performed in the years 1803-4-5-6…. James JOHNSON.

The Oriental Voyager… Voyage to India and China in HMS Caroline…
The Oriental Voyager: or, descriptive sketches and cursory remarks on a voyage to India and China, in H.M.S. Caroline, performed in the years 1803-4-5-6…

London: Printed by Joyce Gold… for James Asperne, 1807.

Octavo, large folding chart; a fine coy in contemporary sprinkled calf, neatly rebacked.

China and India by a naval surgeon

A surprisingly scarce book, describing a three-year voyage to the East, with much on China, India, and the East Indies. James Johnson (1777-1845) had graduated as a naval surgeon in 1800; after several other voyages he embarked on the Caroline in 1803 and on his return published this "lively account" (DNB). He was a "man of much ability, industry, and religious feeling. He was a good practitioner, and the author of some popular medical works".

A surprisingly scarce book, describing a three-year voyage to the East, with much on China, India, and the East Indies. James Johnson (1777-1845) had graduated as a naval surgeon in 1800; after several other voyages he embarked on the Caroline in 1803 and on his return published this "lively account" (DNB). He was a "man of much ability, industry, and religious feeling. He was a good practitioner, and the author of some popular medical works".

He deliberately sets out, as he notes in the preface, "to furnish the young voyager with an agreeable and useful companion on his first visits to the oriental world". A few years later he published in 1812 "The Influence of Tropical Climates on European Constitutions", based on his own observations in the East. It was an influential work and made it as far as a sixth edition in 1841.

The book is nicely produced with a layout unusual for the period with multiple running headlines throughout. The printer, Joyce Gold, is of interest as a named woman printer of the period: see "John Bunney and Joyce Gold", The Women's Print History Project (https://womensprinthistoryproject.com/firm/1664).

Provenance: André Charles Théodore, comte du Pont-Aubevoye d'Oysonville (armorial bookplate as "Capitaine de Vaisseau", and his signature on title-page). Recognised as one of the creators of the modern French navy, d'Oysonville was the hero of the shipwreck of the "Superbe" off Paros in the Cyclades.

Lust, 375; Mendelssohn (1979) II, p.693.

Price (AUD): $1,400.00

US$920.93   Other currencies

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