SCOTT, James George.
France and Tongking.
A Narrative of the Campaign of 1884 and the Occupation of Further India.
First edition, uncommon. An important first-hand account of the Sino-French War of 1884-85 by Sir James George Scott (1851-1935), a British authority on Burma. “The publication of [Scott’s] first book, The Burman: his Life and Notions (2 vols., 1882), gave him an immediate reputation; it was widely recognized as a classic account of Burmese life and culture. In 1884 he returned to the East as war correspondent of The Standard, reporting on the French campaigns of 1884–5 in Annam (Vietnam): this resulted in his second book, France and Tongking: a Narrative of the Campaign of 1884, and the Occupation of Further India (1885). Between campaigns he travelled to China and Hong Kong” (ODNB).
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Octavo. Original red cloth, gilt lettered spine, front cover lettered in gilt and black, floral endpapers. Folding coloured map of Indochina, 2 folding plans, decorative headpieces. Spine sunned, some marks to covers otherwise a very good copy, largely unopened.