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Thailand] La Loubere, Simon de
A New Historical Relation of the Kingdom of Siam Envoy Extraordinary from the French King. To the King of Siam, in the Years 1687 and 1688. Wherein a Full and Curious Account is Given of the Chinese Way of Arithmatick and Mathematick Learning
F.L. for Tho. Horne, Francis Saunders, and Tho. Benner, London, 1693. The account of de La Loubere's embassy to Siam on behalf of Louis XIV, considered to be the best account of Thailand of the time, praised by Gottfried Leibniz as containing solid truths and research of great consequence. The copy retains a heraldic bookplate and the chop of the south Manchuria Railway Library. The account was first published in France in 1691, but only in duodecimo, not in folio. It was still influential at the time of de La Loubere's death, praised as the best example of works of its kind by the chancellor of the Academie Francaise. It remains an important source on 17th century Siam, as the archives of the country were destroyed by fire in 1767. De La Loubere (1642 - 1729) traveled to the court of the King of Siam in 1687-1688, to observe that country "as exactly as possible". He was sent by the Sun King in the hopes of trade links, counterbalancing Dutch influence and converting the Siamese to Catholicism. When Louis XIV received the Siamese embassy at Versailles in the newly constructed Hall of Mirrors, he was dressed in a gem covered garment and seated on a diamond encrusted cushion. He was accompanied by the director of the French East India Company. The embassy was received in Bangkok by Ok-khun Chamnan Chiachong, a Siamese diplomat. The French negotiated a new commercial treaty during their short stay, but anti-French sentiment was growing in the Siamese court over the occupation of Bangkok. Shortly after de La Loubere's departure, Siam experienced a revolution which deposed the k … [Click Below for Full Description]
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