The Kingdom and People of Siam;
with a Narrative of the Mission to that Country in 1855
Bowring, Sir John, F.R.S.
London: John W. Parker, 1857, First Edition. Complete in two volumes. 8vo – 22.8 cm. [x,] (1), 482, 2pp. publisherâ€™s advertisements; [vi], (1), 446, 2pp. publisherâ€™s advertisements, Appendices A-G in Volume 2. 9 chromo-lithographic plates, 6 steel engraved plates, fold-out map, 3 folding facsimile letters on 4 sheets printed in black & red, titles in red & black; half-title pages and all original tissue guards present. Attractively bound in Â¾ forest-green calf and marbled boards, gilt ruling on boards and spine, five raised bands and bright gilt lettering on spine. Interior is very clean with no prior ownership markings. A well-preserved and complete set with custom slipcase in Near Fine condition.
Bowring provides detailed descriptions based on his extensive travels as part of a mission from England to establish diplomatic and commercial relations for Great Britain. Also described along with then present Thailand are descriptions of Laos and Cambodia, including their customs, manners, government, productions, commerce, language, religion, Bangkok, etc. Very well illustrated including portraits, people, costume, activities, buildings, palaces A picture of this book is available on request. Cordier: Bibliotheca Indosinica 736.