Lot No: 4001

(Thailand), Sir John Bowring: 'The Kingdom and People of Siam; with a Narrative of the Mission to that Country 1855.', London, John W. Parker, 1857, 1st edition, 2 volumes, the copy of Sir John Bowring, both volumes inscribed by him on half title ''Lady Bowring, from her very affectionate J.B. HK 9/5/57''. Folding map, 3 folding facsimile plates (Facs of King's Autograph plates with some wear/repairs, Specimen of Ancient Siamese Inscription folding plate with two neat repairs verso), plus 15 mainly chromolitho and engraved uncoloured plates as called for, including engraved portrait frontis to vol 2 depicting Bowring, plus chromolitho costume plates, views etc, rebound quarter calf gilt, vol I with some reinforcement between title page and frontis, vol II with similar between list of illustrations and leaf B. Sir John Bowring KCB FRS FRGS (1792 -1872) was an English political economist, traveller, writer, literary translator, polyglot and the fourth Governor of Hong Kong, a role in which he was extremely industrious and reformist, though in which he became embroiled in numerous conflicts, disputes and struggles. A Qing-sponsored campaign of civil disruption, threatening the very survival of the British administration, culminated in the arsenic poisoning incident of 15 January 1857 in which 10 pounds of arsenic was mixed in the flour of the colony's principal bakery, poisoning many hundreds, killing Bowring's wife and debilitating him for at least a year. In 1855, during a diplomatic visit to Siam, In 1855, he experienced a reception in Siam where he was welcomed like foreign royalty, showered with pomp (including a 21-gun salute), and his determination to forge a trade accord was met with the open-minded and intelligent interest of King Mongkut. There was much cordiality and mutual high regard between Mongkut and Bowring, this culminated in Bowring's 1867 appointment as Siam's ambassador to the courts of Europe. Provenance: from the estate of Sir John Bowring, then by descent (2)

Sale Price: £600.00

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Catalogue information

This lot was listed in the Books & Ephemera catalogue.

Location: The Waveney Room
Date: 14th June 2022
Started: 10:00 am
Lots in auction: 272

Online deadline: 14th June 2022, 9:30 am
Contact: Robert Henshilwood
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