Narrative of a Residence in Siam – Fred Arthur Neale (1852) (1st ed)


Narrative of a Residence in Siam – Fred Arthur Neale (1852) (1st ed)


Title: Narrative of a Residence at the Capital of the Kingdom of Siam, with a description of the Manners, Customs, and Laws of the Modern Siamese

Author: Fred. Arthur Neale

Publisher: Office of the National Illustrated Library, London, 1852. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, cloth. Fair. Embossed covers, gilt to all edges. Darkening to spine and noticeable wear to covers. Pages tanned and slightly foxed, book looks to be well-read, but binding is secure. Inscription to ffep. With 3 illustrated plates and one map, and in-text illustrations. Slight tear to page 151, not affecting readability. 280pp., app 7″ by 4.5″.

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About the book:

In this book, the author – who is better known for his book Eight Years in Syria, Palestine and Asia Minor sets off to Bangkok from Singapore in 1840, where he resides in Bangkok. The book describes not only the customs and culture of the land, but also issues of the day, such as the Siamese military capabilities, relations between Siam and Cochin China, and a short History of Siam.

Contents include:

Departure from Singapore, Arrival at the Bar of Siam, etc

Paknam – Description, Paknam villages, Siamese ladies, description of houses, population of Bangkok, etc

Royal dockyards in Bangkok – Quarrels with Cochin Chinese, Names of Siamese ships of war

Marriage ceremonies – Siamese courtship – Funeral rites

Geographical description of Siam – Native wealth – Food of the Siamese – Description of the Monsoons

The Prince Chou-Faa – the Prince’s skill in making and repairing of watches – Visits of the temples of the White Elephants

Chanti Boon – Its situation and buildings – Monkeys and snakes – Siamese cookery – Feeding of the Cobra by the natives

Festival of the Peace Offering – Legend which has given rise to the festival

General character of the Siamese – their dress – smoking opium 0 education of children

Dispute between Governments of Siam and Cochin China

Trade of Siam – imports from China, excellent quality of Tea, treatment of bankrupts

Shooting Excursion – fishing for pomphlets – fire at Bangkok

A brief Sketch of the History of Siam