Kingdom of Ava Rare Book 1832 by Michele Symes with Hand-Colored Plates

 

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AVA RARE BOOK
MICHELE SYMES


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RELAZIONE DELL'AMBASCIATA

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

PLATES.




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.


*The Italian edition is the only edition which has the plates in

colour.

PRICE: U.S.$125

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