Burma Past and Present

Albert FYTCHE

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FYTCHE’S BURMA, 1878 FIRST EDITION, WITH TEN LOVELY CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS

(BURMA) FYTCHE, Albert. Burma, Past and Present, with Personal Reminiscences of the Country. London: C. Kegan Paul, 1878. Two volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter red straight-grain morocco, marbled boards.

First edition of this fascinatingly detailed account of Burma (Myanmar) by the British Chief Commissioner, with two engraved portraits, ten chromolithographs printed in vivid colors, and several full-page and in-text wood-engraved illustrations.

Lord Tennyson’s cousin Lieutenant-General Albert Fytche served as Chief Commissioner of British Burma from 1867 to 1871, and this work provides a valuable record of early British-Burmese relations, with considerable information on the British administration, including transcripts of important official documents from the period in the appendices. He devotes much attention to the Burmese people as he observed them in his travels and official duties, describing their customs, Buddhism, costume, language, literature, legal systems, and the role of women. In addition to lovely landscapes, hunting illustrations, natives in costume and the interior of a Buddhist monastery, the fine color-printed plates include one of the orchid Dendrobium Fytchianum, discovered by Fytche author and named after him, and another of the Mountain Bamboo Partridge, Bambusicola Fytchii, also named after him. Without folding map (excised from rear of Volume II); bound without half titles. Bookplate. A few minor pencil annotations.

Text clean, plates fine and quite vivid. Boards slightly bowed, light rubbing to spine. A near-fine copy in contemporary morocco.

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