First published edition of the letters and negotiations of Sir Thomas Roe, English ambassador to the Porte between 1621 and 1628. A detailed index and calendar of the letters preface the work. The letters were compiled, edited and published by the printer and novelist Samuel Richardson. Roe's letters and papers had belonged to Awnsham Churchill, but, after his death in 1728, they were acquired by Richardson. In 1730 Richardson advertised their publication by subscription, but he did not receive enough public support. As a result, he approached the Society for the Encouragement of Learning. They did back the plan, and 750 copies of this volume were published. A second volume was also intended, but never reached the press. As well as its importance as an account of Anglo-Ottoman relations in the 1620s, Roe's letters contain much information on the collecting of curios, antiquities and artefacts, particularly of classical origin. Before sailing for Constantinople, Roe had agreed to search for statuary and antiquities for Thomas Howard, the Earl of Arundel. From 1625 onwards, Roe worked in tandem with the Reverend William Petty, Arundel's agent, searching and collecting. Roe's letters also give a first-hand account of Gábor Bethlen, the Protestant Prince of Transylvania.