First edition, first printing thus. Two volumes. Original cream cloth with gilt lettering to the spines,in dustwrappers. Illustrated facsimile front endpapers, Vol. 1 with colour frontispiece, black and white and colour plates, Vol. 2 with black and white plates. Both volumes with fold-out facsimile letters, Vol. 1 also with a fold-out map. Both volumes fine and apparently unread, the bindings tight and square, the contents clean without inscriptions or stamps. The fine dustwrappers are slightly faded to the spines, otherwise immaculate. Not price-clipped ('M$65.00 the set of two volumes' to front flaps). A near immaculate set. Scarce.
Friend of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, Bowring was Governer of Hong Kong and Minister to China for nine years (1854-1863). He apparently spent only a month in Siam in 1855, and yet the work blends his own experiences with the careful use of secondary sources. The result is (according to the jacket) 'the best account of Thailand at the middle of the nineteenth century, when it stood on the threshold of revolutionary change'. This edition includes an introduction by the American historian David K. Wyatt.
Stock code: 19283