Underworld of the East (1935) (1st ed)

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Underworld of the East (1935) (1st ed)

S$284.00

Title: Underworld of the East; being eighteen years’ actual experiences of the underworlds, drug haunts and jungles of India, China and the Malay archipelago
Author: James S Lee
Publisher: Sampson Low, Marston & Co, 1935. First edition. Rare.
Condition: Hardcover, orange cloth. Light wear throughout, some wear externally around the hinges, light spotting on covers, slightly foxed interior – especially prelims – otherwise good. Well-bound. With 18 plates.

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About the book (by Mike Jay):

James S. Lee, a mining foreman from Yorkshire, spent many of the years from around 1895 to 1910 working in the British colonies of South East Asia, where he developed a passion for exploring local customs and, in particular, exotic drugs. His memoirs, published twenty years later, offer a unique narrative of trading a drab working life in Edwardian Britain for one of encounters with man-eating tigers, riding across India on its first motorcycle, and experimenting in the jungles and slums of Asia with hashish, cocaine, opium, morphine and other drugs unknown to Western science.