IINGLESE SPEDITA NEL 1795
NEL REGNO D'AVA
Translated from the French by Giuseppe Carozzi.
PUBLISHED: Napoli, Gabinetto Letterario. 1832
12mo., Four Volumes, bound in Two, (9.5 cm x 15) Original
black cloth over marbled boards, gilt lettered and tooled
spines, all edges speckled, pp. 179, 212, & 239, 228,
Illustrated with 7 HAND COLOURED PLATES, small stain to
inner top edge on many pages of Vol 1, and light spotting
to prelims and one or two other pages, Vol. 2. small stain to
edge of lower corner to about 10 pages, silk marker ribbons
intact, mark on page 15 from Ribbon, small area with
worm damage to upper cover volume 2, but only to cover
has not gone through binding, general age wear to bindings,
overall contents crisp and clean especially the plates which
retain bright colours with no marks or stains, a very good
firm set with the VERY RARE HAND COLOURED
According to Pinkerton this is the only satisfactory account
of Burma till then published. Symes' embassy resulted in
leave being given by the Emperor of Ava for a British Resident
to reside at Rangoon to protect British subjects (Cox I, 309).
An esteemed work (Lowndes, 2564). Symes joined the army
in 1787, and went to India in the following year with the
newly raised 76th regiment. He served as aide-de-camp to
Major-general T. Musgrave at Madras in 1791, became
captain in 1793, and lieutenant-colonel in 1800. In 1795
he was sent by the Governor-general on a mission to Burma,
and obtained from the Emperor of Ava a royal order permitting
a British agent to reside at Rangoon to protect the interests
of British subjects (DNB). Symes later "behaved with great
gallantry" during the Napoleonic wars in Spain, dying from
wounds on the way back to England in 1809.
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