Edinburgh: Constable & Co., 1827. Two volumes. 12mo. [ii], xviii, 312; [ii], vii, [i], 233; 87 pp. SECOND EDITION. Each volume with separate series title with engraved illustration and volume title page, folding map preceding the Supplement at the end of Volume II. Contemporary half-calf and marbled boards; foxing, especially on first few leaves, otherwise a very good set. Item #15174
Second edition. Irish soldier, diplomat, and politician Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Symes’ (1761-1809) detailed accounts of living in Burma and his observations of the Burmese Empire during the late eighteenth century. Recognized as one of the first accounts of the country written in English, this updated version includes additional historical events which took place following his original work which was published in 1800. The author’s intention was to create “as complete and satisfactory an account as possible of a country to which the attention of all classes has of late been so much directed.” The author addresses the history, culture, economics and geography of Burma in this two-volume work, which also includes a detailed map of the region. A supplement written by Henry Bell is entitled A narrative of the late military and political operations in the Birmese Empire with some account of the present condition of the country, its manners, customs, and inhabitants, which detail events of the first Anglo Birmese war in 1824 and include statistical details and political actions.