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Account of the Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava - SYMES Michael - 1800. 
1800 - (BURMA) SYMES, Michael. An Account of an Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava, Sent by the Governor-General of India, in the Year 1795. London: G. and W. Nicol, and J. Wright, 1800. Quarto, period-style three-quarter tan calf gilt, raised bands, red morocco spine label, marbled boards. $2800.First edition of Symes' account of travel in Burma, with two large folding maps and 26 copperplate engravings (many folding) of views, costumes, architecture, boats, flora and fauna. Handsomely bound."According to Pinkerton this is the only satisfactory account of Burma till then published. Symes' embassy resulted in leave being given by the Emperor of Ava for a British Resident to reside at Rangoon to protect British subjects" (Cox I, 309). "An esteemed work" (Lowndes, 2564). Symes joined the army in 1787, and went to India in the following year with the newly raised 76th regiment. He served as aide-de-camp to Major-general T. Musgrave at Madras in 1791, became captain in 1793, and lieutenant-colonel in 1800. In 1795 he was sent by the Governor-general on a mission to Burma, and obtained from the Emperor of Ava a royal order permitting a British agent to reside at Rangoon to protect the interests of British subjects" (DNB). Symes later "behaved with great gallantry" during the Napoleonic wars in Spain, dying from wounds on the way back to England in 1809. Title page rehinged. A few natural history plates trimmed a little closely. Generally fresh and fine with only occasional very faint foxing. Period-style calf-gilt binding handsome and fine. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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