Peter Mundy, Merchant Adventurer

Edited by R. E. Pritchard

Peter Mundy, Merchant Adventurer

Edited by R. E. Pritchard

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

262 pages | 25 line drawings | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9781851243549 Published April 2012 For sale in North America only

Peter Mundy was an English merchant trader of the seventeenth century who spent most of his life traveling the world, including western Europe, Poland, and Istanbul. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity about the world around him, Mundy kept a detailed account of his travels, illustrated throughout with his own lively drawings of the people and animals he encountered.

Drawing on the unique manuscript held by the Bodleian Library, Peter Mundy, Merchant Adventurer collects Mundy’s vivid accounts of the Ottoman, Mughal, Chinese, and Russian Empires, as well as his reports of the first, difficult contact between Britain and China, of exhausting journeys through famine-devastated northern India, and of the troubled times in London following the Restoration of Charles II.
Historians and lovers of travel literature will find this extraordinary account of one man’s encounters with very different, early modern cultures an invaluable resource and a compelling read.



1. Desire of Many Marvels, 1597–1627: Europe, Constantinople, the Balkans
2. Company Man, 1628–31: The Mughal Empire
3. On the Road, 1631–34: Travelling in Northern India
4. The Dragon and the Sun, 1636–39: Madagascar, Southern India, Sumatra, Macao
5. Home from Home, 1639–47: Southern England and Wales, the Netherlands, Danzig, Archangel
6. Amor de la Patria and the Price of Spice, 1647–57: Cornwall, Southern India, the Great Oceans
7. Deaths and Entrances, 1657–67: Cromwellian and Restoration London, Cornwall

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