An Anecdotal History of Old Times in Singapore. From the Foundation …
An Anecdotal History of Old Times in Singapore. From the Foundation …

BUCKLEY, Charles Burton. An Anecdotal History of Old Times in Singapore. From the Foundation of the Settlement under the Honourable the East India Company, on February 6th, 18….

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BUCKLEY, Charles Burton. An Anecdotal History of Old Times in Singapore. From the Foundation of the Settlement under the Honourable the East India Company, on February 6th, 1819, to the Transfer to the Colonial Office as Part of the Colonial Possessions of the Crown on April 1st, 1867. Singapore, Fraser and Neave, 1902.

Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary maroon half morocco over cloth boards, raised bands to spine, lettered in gilt, re-backed, retaining good portions of the original spines; pp. [vi], xii, [2] , 406; [ii], [407]-790, [xxii, index], with 2 maps on one folding sheet and 18 monochrome plates (including one map); only light wear to extremities; folding map with repaired tear, a little offsetting to title-pages, even very light toning to paper stock; provenance: contemporary illegible ownership inscription inside front covers.
First edition, very rare. Charles Burton Buckley (1844-1912) wrote An Anecdotal History as one of the leading English authorities on the (then) British colony of Singapore. Having left his homeland to travel to a warmer climate in 1864, he spent most of his life working and researching in Singapore before being appointed to the Johore government in 1899. At one juncture, he became part of the private entourage of the Sultan of Johore, whose family were responsible for the ceding possession of the island to the British in 1824 (though it had been a British outpost since 1819). He bought and revived the Singapore Free Press, which had ceased publication in 1869, which proved to be an extremely successful move, lasting until 1962 when it merged with another paper. The creation of his widely acclaimed Anecdotal History relied heavily on information and sources gathered for the paper, making it extensively researched and reliable.
The History provides an account of Singapore from its founding by the East India Company up to its attainment of the Crown Colony status. It does so on a year by year basis, from 1511-1867, though most of the book records events from 1818 onwards. The level of detail is such that each chapter includes periodical updates on the annual public revenue, broken down into segments and figures.

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