Travels in South-Eastern Asia – Malcolm Howard (1839) (1st US edition)


Travels in South-Eastern Asia – Malcolm Howard (1839) (1st US edition)


Title: Travels in South-Eastern Asia

Author: Malcolm Howard

Publisher: Gould, Kendall, and Lincoln, 1839. First US edition, published the same year as the UK edition.

Condition: Hardcover, cloth. 2 vols complete. Good, except for one signature which has partially come loose but is still holding. Covers sunned, some tanning to book, with very slight foxing. Illustrations collated complete, including a beautiful foldout map of Southeast Asia. Overseas shipping will cost extra.

Travels in South-Eastern Asia, embracing Hindustan, Malaya, Siam, and China. With notices of numerous missionary stations, and a full account of the Burman Empire with dissertation, tables, etc.

Two volumes (complete) bound as one thick book.

Vol I: All about Burma
Vol II: China, India, Malaya, Siam

A fascinating and very detailed day-by-day account of a missionary’s trip around Asia-Pacific and South Asia – we read about everything from the violent seas to the people, history, religion, customs, languages and wildlife of South-East Asia from nearly 200 years ago. Though this missionary was especially zealous and extremely dedicated to conversion work, he made detailed and (sometimes) impartial observations about the “natives”.

Of special interest is his chapter on Malaya covering the following topics:

Voyage to Singapore — Coasters — Prices of Passage in India — Straits of Malacca — Harbor and Town of Singapore — Climate — Productions — Commerce — Islamism — Population — Moral Character of Population — Orang Louts — Chinese Wedding — Missionary Operations — Malacca — History of the Settlement — Extent — Population — Progress of Christianity — Anglo-Chinese College — Common Schools — Malay Peninsula — Origin of Malay Race — Divisions — Keda — Perak — Salengore — Johore — Rombo — Pahang — Tringano — Calantan — Patani — Ligore — Character of Malays — Slavery -— Language