Analyses of new works of voyages and travels lately published in London.

[London], N.p., [c.1807].

8vo, pp. 64; an excellent copy in contemporary paper wrappers with an onionskin jacket.


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A contemporary review of Waring’s Tour to Sheeraz with extensive excerpts.

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