|Creator:||Bowrey, Thomas, ca. 1650-1713|
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Binding: both volumes bound in tooled full reverse calf; logbook (vol. 1) has red morocco spine label with "Account Book" in gilt letters.
Journal has eighteenth century gold-stamped, red morocco label pasted on inside front cover: Thos. Bowrey Born Jan. 4 A.D. 1661. Autograph of Henry H. Goddard on front pastedown and front flyleaf has been struck-through.
Thomas Bowrey (ca. 1650-1713), pilot, East India merchant, and investor, was the compiler of the first published Malay-English dictionary (1701).
Two manuscript volumes containing logbook entries, journal entries, rental accounts, and descriptions of voyages by Thomas Bowrey. The logbook volume contains "Some particular Remarks at Kedgerry on Bengall River By Thos. Bowrey, Commander the Ship London," which are log entries from July 1 to November 4, 1701. Entries document weather conditions, arrivals and departures of other ships, supplies taken on, and trading. These are followed by seven astronomical and navigational charts, accompanied by an entry, dated December 23, 1695, recounting navigating through "fields of ice" and offering "a description of the plans of the country....during the course of my voyage endeavoring to find the northwest passage." This volume also contains a copy of Bowrey's will, as well as a drawing of the plans for Bowrey's monument and a copy of his contract with its mason; a three-page autobiography covering his life from birth to his retirement from sea in 1702; a chart of the Malabar Coast opposite Fort St. George; and copies of several poems by Shakespeare and others in a different hand.
1 vol. : b&w, color illustrations ; 25 cm.
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