An account of an embassy to the kingdom of Ava, sent by the Governor-General of India, in the year 1795. Second edition, in three volumes.

  • Symes, Michael
  • London: Printed for J. Debrett 1800
  • ESTC T134790; Cordier: Indosinica 445.


SKU: 3481 Category: Tag:


Four vols., 8vo and 4to, pp. [iii]-xxvi, [ii], 364; x, 416; [iii]-ix, [i], 372; iv + 28 plates (13 folding). Vols. 1-3 (8vo) in modern half calf, red buckram boards, spines divided by raised bands between gilt rules, red leather label; vol. 4 (4to) in contemporary half calf, purple pebbled cloth boards, spine divided by double gilt rules, red morocco label. Paper toned, some spotting and foxing, a few marginal dampmarks, half-titles discarded from vols. 1 and 3. Binding of vol. 4 a little rubbed around the edges.


The second edition, hard on the heels of the one-volume quarto first (which appeared in the same year), of one of the first English-language accounts of Burma (now Myanmar). Michael Symes (1761-1809) had been sent by the governer-general of the East India Company to improve relations with Burma, which he managed somewhat successfully, also gathering material for this work. The plates of scenes are by a Bengali artist, Singey Bey, while the maps and charts include the first reliable survey of the Ayeyarwady River, other plates are botanical.

Location & Opening Times

3a & 4a Haddington Place, Edinburgh, EH7 4AE

Temporary Opening Hours

Open 1pm - 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday

Upcoming Shop Closures

Scottish Lockdown Closure

We will be closed until at least 2nd February 2021

Website remains open for online orders during this time