Title: The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe, Being Sketches of the Domestic and Religious Rites and Ceremonies of the Siamese
Author: Ernest Young, E. A. Norbury (illustrator)
Publisher: Archibald Constable and Co., Ltd., London U.K., 1907. 3rd edition, signed by the author. Scarce.
Condition: Hardcover, cloth, with some discolouration on boards and spine, otherwise very good, firmly bound, interior clean. Signed by the author on the flypage.
“An account of the domestic and religious rites and ceremonies of the Siamese the author admired and approved of the relative simplicity of daily life in Siam at that time, the gentle and polite manner of the people, their independence of character, the curious mixture of Buddhism, Brahminism, astrology, animism and superstition that makes up Siamese Buddhism, respect for the king, the practices of Buddhism, the plentiful supply of food in an agricultural society and hence lack of hunger, the reluctance to show anger or strong feelings, and other traits of behaviour that had developed in a society that had grown organically, with little contact from outsiders.”