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Sketches of Persia From the Journals of a Traveller in the East by John Malcolm

Sketches of Persia From the Journals of a Traveller in the East

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Middle East and Asia Minor Series


Sketches of Persia From the Journals of a Traveller in the East by John Malcolm

Sketches of Persia, although published anonymously in 1827, is attributed to Sir John Malcolm (1769-1833). Malcolm was a diplomat and administrator in India: arriving at the age of fourteen in 1783 to work for the East India Company, he was known during his long career as 'Boy' Malcolm. He swiftly moved into more political and diplomatic roles. He became fluent in Persian and was despatched to Persia for part of his career, though he would eventually return to India and become Governor of Bombay (1827-1830). In Volume 1 of Sketches, Malcolm starts the journey from Bombay, sailing into the Persian Gulf, arriving at Abusheher, where he stays many weeks. From there his party moves inland into the mountains, and finally reaches Shiraz and then Persepolis. Throughout his journey, Malcolm fills this work with his observations about the people he meets, and recounts Persian folk stories and fables.

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Publication date

2nd June 2011


John Malcolm

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Cambridge University Press


300 pages


Classic travel writing

Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900



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