6175. Finlayson on Siam and Cochin China 1821-22

SIAM. FINLAYSON, GEORGE. The Mission to Siam, and Hué the Capital of Cochin China, in the Years 1821-2... With a memoir of the Author by sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. London (John Murray) 1826.

8:o (c. 208x126 mm.). (5, lacks half-title), viii-xxxi, (1 blank), (1)-427, (1) pp. Engraved frontispiece (Bangkok, some spotting).
Contemporary brown mottled calf, somewhat worn and mended, gilt borders, rebacked, gilt spine in six compartments, speckled edges, new inner doublures and endpapers. Some foxing. Some minor annotations on title. First edition.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1712.
The First British diplomatic mission to the Annamese Empire. In 1821, the then Governor-General of India, Lord Hastings, sent John Crawfurd to the courts of Siam (now Thailand) and Cochinchina (now Vietnam.) Lord Hastings was especially interested in learning more about Siamese policy with regard to the northern Malay states, and Cochinchina's policy with regard to French efforts to establish a presence in Asia. The noted naturalist George Finlayson (1790-1823) accompanied the Crawfurd Trade Mission as naturalist, returning with it to Calcutta in 1823. The journal which he had kept during the mission was edited, with a prefatory notice of the author, by Sir Stamford Raffles (DNB). The voyage commenced from Calcutta and sailed via Prince of Wales Island to Malacca, Siam, China and Vietnam. The book contains numerous observations on the Chinese in South East Asia.

From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).