The Spice Route.

By John Keay.

Printed: 2005

Publisher: The Folio Society. London

Dimensions 20 × 27 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 20 x 27 x 3

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In a decorated fitted Box. Tan cloth binding gilt title on the spine. Gilt spice plant images on the front board.

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       A lavish Folio Book

A splendid, lavishly illustrated account of the famous Spice Route across Asia–modern colour photographs, period paintings and sculptures, useful maps, and a fine anecdotal text by historian Keay.

John Stanley Melville Keay FRGS (born 1941) is a British historian, journalist, radio presenter and lecturer specializing in popular histories of India, the Far East and China, often with a particular focus on their colonization and exploration by Europeans. In particular, he is widely seen as a pre-eminent historian of British India. He is known both for stylistic flair and meticulous research into archival primary sources, including centuries-old unpublished sources.

The author of some twenty-five books, he also writes regularly for a number of prominent publications in Britain and Asia. He began his career with The Economist. He has received several major honours including the Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal. In 2019, he received an honorary doctorate, presented by Princess Anne, from the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland.

The Economist has called him “a gifted non-academic historian”, the Yorkshire Post has called him “one of our most outstanding historians”, The Independent has called his writing “exquisite” and The Guardian has described his historical analysis as “forensic” and his writing as “restrained yet powerful”. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Keay lives in both Edinburgh and in Argyll in the West Highlands of Scotland and travels widely.

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