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Malay Sketches - Frank Athelstane Swettenham
Malay Sketches - Frank Athelstane Swettenham
Manufacturer Number: ML566B
Stock Status: In Stock

Malay Sketches


Frank Athelstane Swettenham

Written while Swettenham was the British Resident attached to the state of Perak, these vignettes, as he says in his preface, are 'an attempt to awaken an interest in an almost undescribed but deeply interesting people, dwellers in one of the most beautiful and least known countries in the East.' A collection of literary snapshots with 'no statistics, no history, no geography, no science, no moralising, no prophecy' that is intended to give the reader a feel for Malaya at the end of the 19th century. This copy is from the library of Mary Carr Curtis, first headmistress of Treacher Methodist Girls' School, Taiping. xi, 289 and 16 pages of adverts. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. 

Weight 0.7kg. Post free within Malaysia

Published by John Lane, The Bodley Head, London, 1895. First edition

Condition: Good. Hardback. There are some nicks at the top of the spine and loss at the base of the spine. There is a gift dedication, dated 1896 from "WE Curtis, Penang, Malaysia" to his future wife Mary Eleanor Carr on a front end paper The bookplate of Mary Carr Curtis is pasted the next page. Three photographs of the time, two of Tamil families and one of a bullock cart, have been lightly fixed to two blank pages at the front and one at the back of the book. The binding is fairly strong, but there is a crack in the hinge between pages 112 and 113 although none of the pages are loose. The bottom and fore edges are untrimmed and there's a slight nick running along the bottom page edges. The text is clear and there is mild tanning throughout. An unusual copy which may be of particular interest to Methodists.