CAPPER, JAMES. 1743-1825.
Observations on the Passage to India through Egypt, and Across the Great Desert. London: W. Faden, 1783.
4to (280 x 210 mm). xx, 110 pp. 2 folding engraved maps of Egypt and Syria/Iraq. Untrimmed in modern cloth-backed boards. Binding lightly rubbed.
Provenance: Sir Clive Milnes Coates [1879-1971] (ownership inscription on ffep, embossed monogram book label, gilt monogram to upper cover); with the London bookseller Stanley Crowe (pencil note on ffep).
FIRST EDITION. Capper, the East India Company's commissary-general upon the coast of Coromandel, was sent home with dispatches in 1777, traveling via Ceylon and Suez. When he arrived in England, he was asked "to explore the feasibility of opening a new channel for transmitting intelligence between Europe and India" (ODNB). Accordingly, "he returned to Madras by way of Aleppo, the Arabian desert, and Basrah." Blackmer 282.