9780520249394

The Travels and Journal of Ambrosio Bembo

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520249394

  • ISBN10:

    0520249399

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/20/2007
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr
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Summary

In 1671, Ambrosio Bembo, a young nobleman bored with everyday life in Venice, decided to broaden his knowledge of the world through travel. That August he set off on a remarkable, occasionally hazardous, four-year voyage to Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and the Portuguese colonies of western India. His journal, now translated into English for the first time, is the most important new European travel account of western Asia to be published in the past hundred years. It opens an extraordinary perspective on the Near East and India at a time when few Europeans traveled to these lands. Keenly observed and engagingly written, Bembo's vivid account is filled with a high sense of adventure and curiosity and provides intriguing descriptions of people, landscapes, food, fashion, architecture, customs, cities, commerce, and more. Presented here with the original illustrations and with a rich introduction and annotations, this lively and important historical document is at last available to scholars, students, and armchair travelers alike.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue
Venice to Aleppo
From Aleppo to Basra
Basra, the Gulf, and the Arabian Sea
Iran
From Iran to Venice
Glossary Suggestions for Further Reading
Index
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