Siam: The Land of the White Elephant as It Was and as It Is [Illustrated Library of Travel]. George Bacon, Frederick Wells Williams, Bayard Taylor, lagden, ed., series ed.

Siam: The Land of the White Elephant as It Was and as It Is [Illustrated Library of Travel]

Very Good. Item #000702

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1892. Revised Edition. Octavo; viii + 296pp. Twenty-four full-page steel engravings, including frontispiece, a pasted-in double spread on a single sheet. Brown cloth; gilt spine lettering; blind-stamped border and publisher's device on front panel.

Cloth shows minor scuffing on all surfaces, one long shallow scratch on back panel; nudging and slight fraying to crown and foot of spine. Cosmetic signs of insect nano-nibbling to top of textblock--but apparently the taste was not agreeable. Textblock faintly age-tanned, but clean, bright, tight, and seemingly unread. Engraved illustrations are remarkably detailed and crisp.

An interesting picture of the authentic Siam that would be romanticized, almost contemporaneously with this documentary account, by "Anna and the King of Siam," and, much later, by "The King and I." The last two chapters cover, respectively, the role of Christian missionaries and the king's initiatives for modernizing the country, both of which would give Rogers and Hammerstein something to sing about in 1951.

Price: $35.00