Swettenham, one of the architects of British Malaya, sets out in this book to show what the country was like before the British intervention in Malay affairs, how the intervention came about and what happened afterwards.Naturally, having been in the thick of it all, he feels that the Brirish made a good job of their task. Here he argues why. 354 pages. Chapters include
John Lane The Bodley Head 1907.
Condition: Fair. Hardback. This is an ex-library book that has seen better days. The gilt decorations on the front cover and spine are barely visible, the cover is otherwise generally stained and has slits along part of the hinges, but it is still firmly fixed to the book. A previous owner's name is written on a front end paper and his personal label and the library label are on the inside front cover. All the listed black and white plates, plus one extra, are present, but the frontispiece is stained. There is also staining on the inside front and back covers. There is a complimentary slip from the author and a map of the Malayan Railway system in 1909 stuck into the book. a very few pages have some neat pencil notes. The binding is still holding well, but one page is loose. The map has a three inch tear where it is attached to the book and a two inch slit in one of the folds. There is minimal tanning throughout the book.