The rare description of the Kingdom of Burma by the British Envoy Crawfurd was first published in 4to in 1829 in one volume.
John Crawfurd, 1783-1868, took a medical appointment in India, and served for five years with the army in the North-west Provinces. At the end of that time he was transferred to Penang, where he acquired an extensive knowledge of the language and the people. In 1811, he went on the expedition which ended in the conquest of Java. During the occupation of Java, i.e. from 1811 to 1817, Crawfurd filled some of the principal civil and political posts on the island; and it was only on the restoration of the territory to the Dutch that he resigned office and returned to England. Whilst there he wrote a ‘History of the Indian Archipelago,’ 1820. Having completed this work he returned to India, only, however, to leave it again immediately for the courts of Siam and Cochin China, to which he was accredited as envoy by the Marquis of Hastings. This mission he carried through with complete success, and on the retirement of Sir Stamford Raffles from the government of Singapore in 1823, he was appointed to administer that settlement.
Second edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, x, 541; viii, 319, , 163pp., large folding map, 2 plans (1 folding), 6 aquatint plates (4 folding), 5 vignettes in text, contemporary polished calf gilt, raised bands, apparently lacking half-titles, scattered spotting, map repaired, slight wear to extremities.
Provenance: Thomas Hardie Turnbull (bookplates signed D.G.E. Hall); William Lang (bookseller’s label).
cf. Abbey (Travel), 405 (another edition).
Stock ID: 96762