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1924 - John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, London - First Edition
‘Saki's own light-hearted contes cruels elegantly depict practical jokes gone wrong, childhood savagery, the inanities of country-house life or kindly, beneficent nature unexpectedly turning deadly, and yet they remain as fizzily delicious as a Pimm's cup on a summer's day’ - Janet Mullaney, Saki: A peerless writer mown down by the scythe of War.

A bright copy of the first edition, scarce and even more so in the dust jacket, of ‘Saki’s’ posthumously published collection, featuring 8 short stories and 3 plays, a biography penned by his sister which includes Munro’s time in Burma (there is also a short story based in Burma), and numerous whimsical illustrative drawings by the author throughout. Housed in a custom chemise and blue morocco-backed slipcase.

Perhaps the most graceful spokesman for England’s ‘Golden Afternoon’ – the slow and peaceful years before the First World War – ’Saki’s’ macabre, satirical, and occasionally supernatural tales skewered the banality and hypocrisy of polite Edwardian society, and established him as an undisputed master of the short story and one of the great writers of a bygone era.

The world ‘Saki’ populates is a world full of sunny humour and zephyrs of merriment, where wit and wisdom are one and the same thing. Let us live there and laugh unrestrainedly’
– Morning Post 
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Burma and Beyond - Sir James George Scott

1932 - Grayson & Grayson, London - First Edition
All was ludicrous, but our foreign office has no sense of humour, though it has great delight in the writing of dispatches....’

Profusely illustrated with over 32 photographic plates, and a folding map of Burma and the Shan states, this volume is an informative work on the author’s experiences working in Burma in the early 1930’s.

‘Scott draws on his own observations and those of contemporary colonial officials to sketch the beliefs, customs, and daily life of Burma’s minority ethnic groups - the Shans, Karens, Chins, Kachins, Padaung, etc. The book is illustrated with Scott’s own photographs and contains a final chapter by G.E. Mitton on the Burmans.’ - Patricia Herbert.
 
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Narrative of the Burmese War, Detailing the Operations of Major-General Sir Archibald Campbell s Army, from its Landing at Rangoon in May 1824, to the Conclusion of a Treaty of Peace at Yandaboo, in February 1826 - Major J. J. Snodgrass

1827 - John Murray, London - First Edition
The important first hand military account of the first Burma war by Sir Archibald Campbell’s Military Secretary and son-in-law. A full margined copy in original boards and spine.

With large folding engraved map
Burmese Empire [46 x 40 cm], two wood-engraved illustrations Bandoola’s Look-Out Tree at Donoobew - Mounting Four Guns and Meeting of the British and Burmese Commissioners at Neoun-Ben-Zeik. Principal Figure: The Kee-Wongee.

Patricia Herbert in her bibliography of Burma notes that ‘the tone of Major Snodgrass’ narrative is fairly typical of British attitudes and accounts of this period. His concluding remarks upon the Burmese king are: ‘
:et him then vaunt and boast, and let us smile at his harmless vanity and arrogant imbecility. The appendix contains translations of captured Burmese military documents and the text of the Treaty of Yandabo.’ 
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An Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava - Michael Symes

1800 - W. Bulmer and Co., London - First Edition, Large Paper Copy
A stunning and rare large paper copy of ‘the first full account of Burma to be published’, finely illustrated with two folding engraved maps, eighteen engraved plates, and eight engraved botanical plates (four of which are folding). In contemporary full polished calf armourial binding of Sir Richard Colt Hoare, 2nd Baronet, and once housed in the Hoare Library at Stourhead.

Michael Symes was sent by Sir John Shore, governor-general of India, on a mission to Ava in Burma, to obtain from the emperor of Ava a permit to allow a British agent to reside at Rangoon, and to induce him to close his borders to French shipping. In diplomatic terms Symes’ mission was a success.

His detailed account, is highly interesting with keen observations and insight. ‘It is a mass of information on the history, religion, government, social systems, language, geography and economy of Burma, together with a narrative of Symes’ seven months stay in Burma, his journey to the capital and reception at court.’
 
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1649 - Apud Ludovicum Elzevirium, Amsterdam - First Edition
Two little volumes bound in one stunning contemporary vellum binding (11.9 x 6.5 cm), with additional engraved title page and folding out table.

Volume I contains the first comprehensive description of Japan from a European perspective, which Varenius based on a diversity of sources, without visiting Japan himself, together with a Latin translation of the first reliable work on Siam (Thailand, and provinces of Cambodia, Malaysia, and Burma) by Joost Schouten. Volume II contains a discourse on religion in Japan by Varenius, and his writings on diverse races and their religions (including Schouten on the religions of Siam), followed by short excerpts from
Leo Africanus on religion in Africa. 
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The Complete Set of 11 ‘Burma Pamphlets’ produced by the Burma Research Society. - Various

1943-1947 - Longmans, London and Calcutta - First and Only Editions
Rare set of eleven pamphlets, produced under the auspices of the Burma Research Society, inaugurated in 1910, and whose members included such luminaries as John Furnivall, Charles Duroiselle, May Oung, Gordon Luce and Pe Maung Tin.

In addition to the incredible amount of well informed opinion and knowledge these pamphlets contain, they are profuesly illustrated with photographic plates, colour plates, drawings, diagrams, and maps.

1. Burma Background by B.R. Pearn – With three full page illustrations and one full page map.
2. Burma Setting by O.H.K. Spate – With two full page maps.
3. Buddhism in Burma by G. Appleton – With four photographic plates.
4. Burma Rice – With six photographic plates.
5. The Forests of Burma by F.T. Morehead – With seven photographic plates.
6. The Hill Peoples of Burma by H.N.C. Stevenson – With 19 photographic plates and one map to rear.
7. The Burman, An Appreciation by C.J. Richards – With six photographic plates.
8. The Karens of Burma by Harry I. Marshall – With eight illustrations (three full page) specially drawn by C. H. G. Moorhouse.
9. Burma Facts and Figures – Illustrated with schematics.
10. The Burma Petroleum Industry – With one folding map and 24 full page plates and diagrams.
11. The Birds of Burma - Bertram E. Smythies – With eight full page colour plates .
 
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The Traveller in Asia - Priscilla Wakefield

1817 - Darton, London - First Edition
This lovely little book is the final title of Priscilla Wakefield’s fictional travel series, for the purpose of educating children, and based upon the narrative of Arthur Middleton. Illustrated with a colour folding map.

‘In the book Arthur Middleton travels around India and visits China with his impressions and experiences recorded in a journal format. He makes an acquaintance with a Mr Melville who accompanies him on part of the journey and asks Arthur to take charge of his nephew Charles Melville who is fourteen. Arthur and his new companion Charles continue the journey and Priscilla begins to include into the text letters from Charles to his sister Adele. The visit to China at the end of the book is brief in comparison to the volume of information about India. At the end of the book Arthur returns Charles to his uncle and plans his return to England.’ -
Priscilla Wakefield., Travels in Juvenile Literature (Blog). 
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