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    The Impressive Memoir of Sir Thomas Raffles, in the Original Cloth Boards

    [Thomas Stamford Raffles, subject]. Lady Sophia Raffles. Memoir of the Life and Public Services of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, F.R.S. &c. Particularly in the Government of Java, 1811-1816, and of Bencoolen and its Dependencies, 1817-1824; with Details of the Commerce and Resources of the Eastern Archipelago, and Selections from His Correspondence. By His Widow. London: John Murray, 1830. First edition. Approximately 11.25 x 8.75 inches. Quarto. [xvi], 723, [1, blank], 100 pages. Complete with six maps (five of which are folding), and seven plates (one mezzotint, the rest uncolored aquatint, one folding). Bound in the original publisher's cloth boards, with the original printed spine label (probably not from the remaindered binding of 1847, because the printed spine label has the original publisher's price of "£2. 12s. 6d." instead of the later remaindered price of "£1. 5s"). Several pages unopened near the end of the volume. Text is untrimmed. Rebacked, with most of the original spine laid-down, spine and extremities sunned, some rubbing to boards, corners bumped, a small area to the lower rear board is chipped, most likely due to some sort of fire damage, and the last twenty pages or so have related damage at the bottom margin (not affecting text, and there is no other evidence of fire damage anywhere else in the volume). Plates foxed (with some foxing to adjoining text leaves), maps have a few tears. Two small bookseller's tickets on front pastedown, and with the contemporary armorial bookplate of J. W. Colin. Still, a near fine copy, with very wide margins.

    Sir Thomas Raffles (1781-1826) "sought to put into practice the most advanced Western views of his time on personal liberty, judicial equality, education, free trade, penal reform, and slave emancipation. A man of vision, with great ambitions for himself and his country, he saw Britain's mission to raise the people of the eastern archipelago from ignorance and poverty, not by means of territorial expansion but a combination of commercial and moral pre-eminence: reviving old cultures and spreading European enlightenment through economic progress, liberal education, and the rule of law..." (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Abbey, Travel, page 555. Bastin & Brommer page 118.

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