Bowring, Sir John: THE KINGDOM AND PEOPLE OF SIAM. Oxford, 1977. xiii, xi, 481; vi, 446 pp. 1 foldout. Folding map. 2 vols. 22x14 cm. Cloth, dustjacket.
Bowring was Governor of Hong Kong and Minister to China for nine years from 1854-1863. One of his earliest acts in this role was to undertake a Mission to Siam in 1855. Although Bowring barely spent a month in Bangkok, this is a lengthy and perceptive account which also made use of earlier accounts of Siam. This two-volume work on the Mission and the accompanying descriptions of the country and its people is regarded as the best account of the Kingdom of Siam in the mid-19th century. 1977 two-volume facsimile reprint of the 1857 original.
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