The history of the late revolution of the Empire of the Great Mogol: together with the most considerable passages,for 5 years following in that Empire. To which is added, A letter to the Lord Colbert, touching the extent of Indostan; the circulation of the gold and silver of the world, to discharge it self there; as also the riches, forces, and justice of the same: and the principal cause of the decay of the states of Asia...English'd out of French

London: Moses Pitt, 1671. 2 volumes in 1, 12mo, pp. 258, 176, 102; 1 fold-out map; modern brown buckram, gilt lettering on spine, some shelf wear; worming in margins, tape repair to title page verso. Title page of volume II reads "Particular Events; or the most considerable passages after the war of five years, or thereabouts, in the Empire of the Great Mogol". "A more curious and entertaining work than Bernier's Travels can hardly be imagined; the lively style of the author, combined with his intelligence, and the extraordinary nature of the scenes he witnessed render his work altogether more like a glowing romance than a detail of real events" (Lownes). "Bernier, a French physician, was one of those travellers like della Valle who was lured abroad for the sake of gratifying curiosity. Of much learning, especially in the philosophy of Gassendi, whose opinions and discoveries he inherited, capable of penetrating to the ultimate causes of an event, he proved to be a political and social historian of the first magnitude His work is particularly valuable for its record of the struggle of the four sons of Shah Jahan to secure the throne, which finally fell to the fourth, Aurangzib. At the court of the Mogul, with whom he was a favorite, he spent twelve years. He notes in detail the weakness inherent in the Mogul system of inheritance… the rapacity of the governors; the corruption of its military leaders; and the rottenness of the land system, together with the miserable state of the lower classes" (Cox I, p. 274, quoting Oaten's Early Travellers and Travel in India). Item #37353

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