An Account of Rangoon and Burma at the End of the Eighteenth Century

    Michael Symes. An Account of an Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava, Sent by the Governor-General of India, in the Year 1795. London: W. Bulmer and Co., 1800.

    First edition. Quarto. xxviii, [1], 503, [1] pages. Complete with two folding maps and 26 engraved plates.

    Expertly bound in handsome period-style gilt-tooled half brown calf over marbled boards, red leather label stamped and tooled in gilt on spine. Edges speckled red. New endpapers, possibly lacking front blank before title. A clean and wide-margined copy, most attractive.

    Michael Symes (1753?-1809), English soldier and diplomat, was sent by Sir John Shore, the Governor-General of India, on an embassy to Ava (in Burma), to attempt to induce the king to close his borders to French shipping. According to Pinkerton, this is the only satisfactory account on Burma till then published" (Cox).

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