The Real Malay. Pen Pictures

SWETTENHAM, Sir Frank Athelstane. The Real Malay. Pen Pictures.

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SWETTENHAM, Sir Frank Athelstane. The Real Malay. Pen Pictures. London, John Lane, The Bodley Head,, 1900.

8vo. Original pictorial yellow cloth; pp. ix, [3], 295, 40, publisher's catalogue; cloth a little marked, internally very good.
Scarce first edition. Swettenham had been the first Resident General of the Federated Malay States, and gives a concise and well-informed history of the Malay sultanates from the late 19th century onwards. In the mid-1870s 'Swettenham's knowledge of the Malay language, tolerant cynicism, and tact resulted in a posting to Langat to give informal advice to the sultan of Selangor, who described him as "very able; … very clever in the customs of Malay government and at gaining the hearts of Rajas with soft words, delicate and sweet, so that all men rejoice in him as in the perfume of an open flower"... Selangor consequently accepted a resident, Swettenham remaining as assistant resident' (ODNB).

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