My Life in Sarawak
Margaret Brooke, The Ranee of Sarawak
Frank Swettenham's preface, which opens with the words 'It is well for the Malay races of Sarawak that they should find an advocate in their Ranee, for she loves them,' shows him at his insightful and patronising best. The Ranee then proceeds to match him in imperiousness with her opening words - 'Everyone has heard of Rajah Brooke. He was my husband's uncle, and this is how he became ruler of Sarawak.' She became Ranee about forty years before this book was written and gave up the position on her husband's death shortly after the book was published. So this biography gives the reader a rare insight into life behind the scenes in the anomaly that was the Sarawak of the Brookes. 320 pages with a map on the inside front cover and a front end paper, 27 black and white plates and an index.
Weight: 1kg. Post free within Malaysia
Published by Methuen, London, 1913. First edition.
Condition: Good, Hardback. The book was formerly owned by Erik Seidenfaden, the Danish anthropologist and ethnologist, when he was chief of the Royal Siamese Gendarmerie's officer school. 'Major Seidenfaden Siamese Gendarmerie 1915' is written on a front end paper. The map is quite dirty with damp and adjoining front end paper is coming loose. Otherwise the book has mild to medium tanning throughout with medium strong binding.