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Rare Travel Books: Crawford, John; Journal of an Embassy to Ava, 1834 & Journal of an Embassy to the Courts of Siam and Cochin China, 1830.

$2,300.00

Rare Travel Books: Crawford, John; Journal of an Embassy to Ava, 1834 & Journal of an Embassy to the Courts of Siam and Cochin China, 1830.

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Crawford, John; Journal of an Embassy from the Governor-General of India to the Court of Ava in the Year 1827 . . . . with an Appendix, containing a Description of Fossil Remains, by Professor Buckland and Mr. Clift. Second Edition in two volumes. London, Henry Collburn, 1834. & Journal of an Embassy from the Governor-General of India to the Courts of Siam and Cochin China; Exhibiting a View of the Actual State of those Kingdoms...Second Edition in Two Volumes. London, Henry Collburn, 1830. Both sets are octavo (215 x 135 mm). Ava ?set, vol. 1, pp. x, 541, folded frontispiece, large folded map, 5 plates. Vol. 2, pp. 319, appendix (Buckland report), pp. 163, frontispiece, folded plan, four text woodcuts. (NOTE: the list of plates calls for the five plates of fossils for the Buckland report to be “inserted at the end”. These plates were only inserted in the first edition and not in the second edition. No copy of the second edition has those five plates. Book dealer catalogues from the 1800s do not include those plates.) Siam set, vol. 1, pp. viii, 475, folded frontispiece, (view of Singapore), large folded map of Siam and Cochin China), folded view of Bangkok, 5 plates, 6 woodcuts. Vol. 2, pp. vi, 459, frontispiece, 7 plates and plans including map of Bangkok and map of Singapore, 5 wood-cuts and folded table of vocabularies.

The two sets are complete with all maps, plans and views present. Both sets are in matching period full calf with gilt ruled borders, ornate gilt spines, marbled end sheets, red text block edges. The bindings are tight and clean with minor scuffing, owners book plate on paste downs. Text and plates are clean, minor foxing to some plates caused by acidic tissue guards. If the buyer of this set wishes to have us do so we can replace the tissue guards with acid-free archival tissue guards. Over all an exceptionally clean set of Crawford’s two major works.

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John Crawford (1783-1868), a Scottish orientalist and diplomat, was born on the island of Islay, Scotland. After studying at Edinburgh he became surgeon in the East India Companys service. He afterwards resided for some time at Penang, and during the British occupation of Java from 1811 to 1817 his local knowledge of the region made him invaluable to the government. In 1821 he served as envoy to Siam and Cochin-China, and in 1823 became governor of Singapore. His last political service in the East was a difficult mission to Burma in 1827. In I861 he was elected president of the Ethnological Society. He died at South Kensington in 1868. Having kept diaries of his travels and observations, Crawfurd wrote a History of the Indian Archipelago (1820), Descriptive Dictionary of the Indian Islands and Adjacent Countries in 1856 and the above works, Journal of an Embassy to the Court of Ava in 1827 and Journal of an Embassy to the Courts of Siam and Cochin-China, exhibiting a view of the actual State of these Kingdoms in 1830. Both works provide some of the best descriptions of those regions.
Of particular interest to the historian of geology and paleontology Buckland and Clift's observations of vertebrate fossils found in the region. Copies of these works usually lack the maps and views of Bangkok and Singapore. All are present in this set.

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