Travelogues and Sketchbooks
With increased trade among European nations, more frequent and safer
sea travel, and expanding European settlements, greater numbers of travelers
journeyed east. While some were intrigued by the sheer strangeness of
things, others had a more intellectual and scientific curiosity about
flora, fauna, and folklore. And some were simply lured by wanderlust to
the remote unknown. Numerous journals and sketchbooksbelonging to
adventurers in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuriesrecord what they
saw and experienced. These first-hand accounts give us a glimpse of how
the world viewed the peoples and places of Asia.
[top] Giovanni Pietro Maffei. Historiarum Indicarum libri XVI.
Antverpiae: Ex officina Martini Nutij, 1605. Gift of Andrew Dickson
White. [middle] João Ribeiro. Histoire de l'isle de Ceylan,
presentée au roy de Portugal en 1685, tr. du portugais en françois.
Trevoux: E. Ganeau, 1701. [bottom] Freiherr Eugen Ransonnet-Villez. Sketches
of the inhabitants, animal life and vegetation in the lowlands and high
mountains of Ceylon. Vienna: The author, 1867.
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