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Author BOCK, Carl.
Title Temples and Elephants The Narrative of a Journey of Exploration through Upper Siam and Lao.
Stock Code 1937
Dates 1884
Published London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington
Description First edition. Original green illustrated boards, Black design with gilt titles to front board and spine. Silver elephant to the rear board. Frontis engraved portrait of the King of Siam. Title, Folding map (placed at p xiv - not to rear as per binder’s instructions). Text. Lithograph portrait of Bock to page 1. Two colour plates - one of a White Elephant and one of a Theweda (angel). both in good clean condition. Further engravings in the text.
Note Bock was a Norweigan natural scientist whose journeys to northern Thailand and Laos had the support of HM King Chulalongkorn. His book gives an interesting account, not only of the people among whom he travelled, but also of the personality and manners of a fairly typical 19th century explorer.
Bibliography xvi, 438, [ii] pp
Edition First Edition
Condition On the whole, in good, solid condition. The boards are a little bumped, and the silver elephant slightly rubbed. There is the remnant of a label having been removed from the front end paper. illustration of King has a small ink stain to the top of it. One of the gathers (p65ff) is becoming loose, but is still firmly attached. Would benefit from repair though. Overall a sound copy.
Paper Size 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Binding Decorative Cloth
Price £500.00

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