Published Books ; Work by Walter E.J. Tips



 
     

 

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Abadie, Marcel, translated by W.E.J. Tips (2001). Minorities of the Sino-Vietnamese Borderland with Special Reference to Thai Tribes.

Bangkok 2001, first English trans. of 1923; 300 pp., 76 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22184

US$25.00


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This overview presents comprehensive ethnographic introductions to the tribes found in northern Vietnam and China’s Yunnan Province. A brief sketch of historical migration patterns and ethnic affiliations with tribes in Yunnan is provided and a systematic overview given of many tribes of each of four main groups, the Thai, Man (Yao), Meo, and Lolo. Maurice Abadie, a French officer in the Muong Khuong-Pha Long region of the Sino-Vietnamese border (northwest of Lao Kay) just before the First World War, furnishes first-hand information. He discusses each tribe’s origins and settlement, physical characteristics, family life and ancestral cults, livelihood and farming methods, customs related to marriage, childbirth, and death, and trade and crafts, with special reference to textiles. The study includes detailed descriptions of every group, supported by 120 unique photographs. Abadie also discusses the growing Chinese and Vietnamese influence that would unmistakably modernize these tribes that today mostly preserve only their special costumes as the inalienable characteristic of their original identity.

     


     

 

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Aymonier, É. translated by W.E.J. Tips (2000). Isan Travels: Northeast Thailand’s Economy in 1883-1884.

Bangkok 2000, first English trans. of 1895, 1897; 347 pp., 55 pp. of maps, 210 x 295 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22185

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A book with more detailed reports on Northeast Thailand than have ever been collected by a nineteenth-century explorer. Étienne Aymonier was a specialist in Cambodian studies and traveled together with trained Cambodian assistants through Isan from south to north and from east to west, visiting many of the region’s districts. He reports on the political situation, dependency relationships among districts and provinces and their relations with the Court in Bangkok, agricultural and forestry commodities, usage and value of various local and national currencies, ethnic and language groups living in all villages he passed through, superstitions and religion, betel and opium use and other vices, population data and numbers of registered taxable men, taxes paid to Bangkok, and “corruption money” paid to various authorities including the Siamese Court and ministry officials. Most of all, Aymonier accurately describes the accessibility overland and by water of many extremely remote areas of the interior and their trading relations. There are also detailed descriptions of important crafts such as salt production, basket weaving, iron forging and casting, and various non-agricultural occupations and sidelines of farmers. Naturalists will find that the varieties of vegetation the author and his assistants encounter are accurately described, with special attention to various tree species, including those that produce timber and dyes, and to the availability of water, that life-bringing commodity still so scarce in today’s Isan.

     


     

 

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Aymonier, E. translated by W.E.J. Tips (1999). Khmer Heritage in the Old Siamese Provinces of Cambodia, with Special Emphasis on Temples, Inscriptions and Etymology.

Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1901; 318 pp., illus., 5 folded maps, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22054

US$23.00


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This book contains information on all the Khmer edifices in the present-day Cambodian provinces that were formerly under Siamese control. They comprise Melou Prey, Sisophon, Battambang and Siem Reap. The record emphasizes the Khmer inheritance in the fields of archeology, inscriptions and etymology of place names. Numerous descriptions and floor plans of temples and temple ruins are included. The author deals extensively with the significance and provenance of various texts found on these edifices. If not a tourist guide in the traditional sense, this book, as an exhaustive and detailed record of Khmer edifices, many of which are in much a poorer, or even plundered state today, is intrinsically a call for urgent action to save what still remains.

     


     

 

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Aymonier, E. translated by W.E.J. Tips, (1999). Khmer Heritage in Thailand, with Special Emphasis on Temples, Inscriptions and Etymology.

Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1901; 282 pp., illus. & drawings, 5 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22053

US$18.00


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This research report is a reference book on all Khmer edifices in present-day Thailand and the Laotian provinces that were formerly under Siamese control. They are located in the Menam Valley and on the Korat plateau, Bassac and the region between the Moon River and the Dangrek Mountains, as well as the old Isan provinces. The inventory emphasizes the Khmer inheritance in the fields of archaeology, inscriptions and etymology of present-day place names. Numerous descriptions and floor plans of temples and temple ruins as well as translations of important inscriptions are included. The author, who was a French authority on Khmer inscriptions, treats extensively the significance and lineage of various texts on these edifices, e.g. the inscriptions on the Ramkamhaeng stone.

     


     

 

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Bangkok Times, composed and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1996). The 1894 Directory for Bangkok and Siam.

Bangkok 1996, repr. from 1894; 202 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 21871

US$16.50


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This directory was published by the semi-official Bangkok Times newspaper. According to its own glowing title page it was “a handy and reliable book of reference for all classes, with a calendar and every information about weights and measures, Siamese festivals, postage and telegraph tariffs, notes on the ancient and modern history of Siam, and including official and general directories”. The wide coverage of information that is elsewhere unavailable or hard to find, not least that on businesses operating at the time, makes this directory an effective research tool. The directory is also a treasure trove for general readers interested in the daily life and in the official and foreign personalities, important or otherwise, of this crucial period of King Chulalongkorn’s Reign.

     


     

 

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Barrelon, Pierre, Brossard de Corbigny, Charles Lemire & Gaston Cahen translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1999). Cities of Nineteenth Century Colonial Vietnam: Hanoi, Saigon, Hue and the Champa Ruins.

Bangkok 1999 first English trans. of 1860, first English trans. of 1860, ‘78, ‘93, ‘94, 1907; 248 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22059

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This compilation volume provides reports by various French writers on the early development of the French colony of Indochina, present-day Vietnam. Pierre Barrelon’s (1859) account of the colonial history of Cochin-china, the southern part of Vietnam, is supplemented by an 1892 article on the considerable developments that took place in Saigon. Diplomat Broassard de Corbigny (1878) provides descriptions of Hue and of his audience with King Thu-Duc of Annam when the exchange of a treaty with France sealed the fate of Annam, the middle part of present-day Vietnam. Charles Lemire presents an overview of the rich Cham monuments, virtually the only remnants left of an indigenous culture displaced by the Vietnamese. Finally, after France marched into the northern part of Vietnam, then called Tonkin, it took development firmly in hand and established railway lines, roads, and educational and administrative buildings and systems. Gaston Cahen saw these developments in 1905 and reported on them and the ideas behind them. The reports are richly illustrated with engravings and period photographs.

     


     

 

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Bassenne, M. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1995). In Laos and Siam.

Bangkok 1995, first English trans. of 1912; 144 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 21751

US$21.00


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This diary describes the adventures and observations of a French woman during a trip up the Mekong to Luang Prabang and back through Siam. At the end of 1909 the territorial situation in Indochina was largely consolidated and Marthe Bassenne’s book provides a first glimpse of the extent of the French efforts to open up the hinterland of Tonkin, Annam and Cochin-china. The Mekong and the Lao jungles were as wild and as deadly as ever and this trip to experience the New Year festivities in Luang Prabang is full of adventures with local people and wild nature. On the way back, through the northeastern Siamese provinces of Nongkhai, Uttaradit and Phitsanuloke the feelings of the indigenous people towards a French woman, are faithfully recorded. For, while this book is factually correct in its details, it is so much the richer for its emphasis on impressions and personal feelings of one of the rare woman travelers in this part of the Far East.

     


     

 

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Bastian, A. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (2005). A Journey in Siam (1863). Adolf Bastian’s Travels in South-East Asia: Volume 2.

Bangkok 2005, first English trans. of 1867-68; 273 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22436

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A Journey in Siam (1863) contains the travelogue written by Dr Adolf Bastian during his travels in Thailand. Bastian was a renowned ethnographer, who founded both Berlin’s Museum für Völkerkunde (Ethnological Museum) and the Berlin Anthropological Society, and his work contains valuable observations and interpretations by one of the pioneers of ethnography. He observes, describes and records the later period of King Mongkut’s reign, which ended in 1868 and is not well covered by published sources—only Monsignor Jean-Baptiste Pallegoix’s writings deal extensively with the early years of that reign. While staying in Bangkok, this thorough and tireless German scholar insisted on learning Siamese and, in addition, covered almost every aspect of the spiritual life of the various groups of people he met in the capital. Bastian’s interests also extend to Siam’s administrative and legal systems as well as to the particularities of the lives of the various types of slaves in the country. Celebrations, games, gambling, diseases and medicine, taxes and their implications for economic life all command his attention. Bastian furthermore takes interest in the theater and literature of the time, in Siamese wit, and in the songs that people use to express their feelings during various activities. He provides details about the animals living alongside people either as pets, or in the wild, or as working animals. The book includes some rare descriptions not found anywhere else, not even in Pallegoix’s largely complementary work, relating, for example, to the spirit world as perceived by the Siamese.

     


     

 

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Bastian, A. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (2004). A Journey in Burma (1861-1862). Adolf Bastian’s Travels in South-East Asia: Volume 1.

Bangkok 2004, first English trans. of 1866; 332 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22435

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Volume 1 contains the travelogue written by Dr Adolf Bastian during his journeys in Burma. Bastian was a renowned ethnographer, who founded both the Ethnological Museum in Berlin and the Berlin Anthropological Society. In Burma he insisted on learning Burmese so as to obtain first-hand information about everything that struck his keen interest in the everyday and religious life of various ethnic groups. He traveled through Burma’s disputed areas, which were the subject of peace negotiations between the British and the Burmese king, just after the Second Burmese War had ended. Bastian held numerous talks with key British officials. Journeying on the Irrawaddy, he visited small towns and pagodas hidden from travelers to arrive at Pagan’s pagoda fields, where he spent time inspecting important monuments. We learn about many of Burma’s most beautiful pagodas, about its oil wells, about the role of Armenians in trade and the palace, about the religious customs of various ethnic groups, life in the bazaars, various types of fortune-telling, agricultural practices, forest products, dacoits and other criminals, omens and superstitions, American, French and Italian missionaries and their arguments with Buddhists, Burmese and European medical practices, the various forms of the Burmese language in use, and the inevitable celebrations. Bastian encountered Karen, Shan, Talein (Mon), Toungthu (Pa-O) and other tribal people, and visited the former Burmese capitals of Ava, abandoned Amarapura, and Mandalay. A forced longer stay in Mandalay, involving a string of audiences with the Burmese king, allowed him to paint a detailed sketch of the city, life in the countryside, and the idiosyncrasies of palace politics. At the king’s personal invitation, Bastian studied Buddhism while residing in the palace. Mandalay was then still in its infancy—an artificially created new capital away from English territory. Continuing his Journey on the River Sittang, he visited several provincial capitals. He also provides much about the influence of the Talaing, whom he calls the “Talein” (today’s Mon), and their vanishing language and culture. Eventually Bastian returned on the Sittang river to the Burmese coast, from where he traveled on via Moulmein to the Siamese border.

     


     

 

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Bastian, A. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (2005). A Journey in Cambodia and Cochin-China (1864). Adolf Bastian’s Travels in South-East Asia: Volume 3.

Bangkok 2005, first English trans. of 1868; 196 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22447

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This volume covers Dr Adolf Bastian’s journey from the border of present-day Thailand to present-day Saigon. Bastian was a renowned ethnographer, who founded both Berlin’s Museum für Völkerkunde (Ethnological Museum) and the Berlin Anthropological Society, and his work contains valuable observations and interpretations by one of the pioneers of ethnography. During his travels through Isan and parts of Cambodia then under Siamese rule, as well as while in Saigon, the author observes, describes and records almost every aspect of the spiritual life of various groups of people he meets. Bastian compares the situation in these regions and among different ethnic groups, frequently using Siamese terms to do so. This thorough and indefatigable German scholar is one of the early visitors to the temple of Angkor Wat, which he calls “Nakhon Vat”, witnessing its structures before they started to get looted. He describes other edifices built by Cambodia’s many ethnic groups, monastery slaves, and the Siamese administration of Cambodian territory. Bastian takes a special interest in the Cham people, presenting valuable information not found elsewhere. Life is described here in its manifold expressions and interactions, analyzed by a profound mind that had studied law at the University of Heidelberg and natural science as well as medicine in Berlin, Jena, and Würzburg.

     


     

 

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Buls, Ch. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1994). Siamese Sketches.

Bangkok 1994, first English trans. of 1901; 176 pp., fully illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 21721

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This book is the very personal, sometimes controversial, account of the journey the world traveler and former mayor of Brussels, Charles Buls, made to Siam in 1900. Spanning the wide variety of Buls's interests, from the urban Chinese to early agricultural developments in the countryside, this account always surprises. Having been involved with the development of a world city himself, he was better placed than any other contemporary observer to speculate on Siam’s political, economic and social future. He shuns neither highly controversial viewpoints, nor topics, such as the comparative value of religions for a country like Siam, that were bound to bring him into trouble. This book, in which Buls's original account is supplemented by material from his hitherto unpublished diary notes, letters and numerous photographs from Belgian archives, such as those of the inauguration of Dusit Park and the Ayutthaya elephant round-up, is a must for lovers of Fifth Reign history, and of Siam.

     


     

 

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Chaudoir, Georges & Émile Jottrand translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (2011). Belgian Tourists in Burma, Siam, Vietnam and Cambodia (1897 & 1900)

Bangkok 2011, first English translation of 1899 & 1909; 298 pp., 34 pp. illus., 2 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22649

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This first English translation presents two travelogues of Belgian travelers around the turn of the twentieth century. First there is part of a world tour by Georges ‘Puck’ Chaudoir that covers an overland journey through the Nagaland Hills in present-day India, Burma and Siam to Bangkok in Thailand. Chaudoir was a former military man and in his world outlook and observations a tourist avant-la-lettre. He organized his own caravans, and struggled through areas mostly untraveled by Europeans in 1897. His photographs include both purchased professional work and his own action shots. In the second part, this book presents the vacation recollections of Émile Jottrand and his wife. Jottrand was at work in Siam as a legal adviser. On vacation in October 1900 he traveled to Saigon, Mytho, Phnom Penh and a few backwaters of the budding French Indochina colony. His main purpose was to visit Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in the Siamese territory of Siem Reap and Battambang. Small sampans and ox carts could then only reach it. He reported from these small towns, which Siam would later see returned to Cambodia, and discussed French intrigues on the Siamese border. Nothing escaped his sharp observations and his liberal opinions clash violently with the idea of a colony as a workable vehicle for development. In Angkor Wat, then only visited by a hundred people or so each year, his descriptions and photographs of a temple complex in rubble and in the grips of vegetation, as well as the looting going on there, offer original insights.

     


     

 

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Chevrillon, Andre; translated by W.E.J. Tips (2014) Among the Burmese in 1902, French Impressions of a Buddhist Country

Bangkok 2014, 139 pp., 150 x 215 mm, pbk

WL Order Code 22696

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Among the Burmese in 1902. French Impressions of a Buddhist Country documents the travels of a Frenchman, member of the Académie française, undertaking a journey towards understanding the religions and customs of the peoples of the Indian Empire. This book gives an overview of his thoughts on the religious groups he meets in Burma. First he travels in Rangoon, where he visits various temples and areas of the city, then in Mandalay and further northwards on the Irrawaddy. His critical impressions are described in an unusual, impressionistic style without losing empathy for the plight of the ordinary Burmese. His insights also deal on a fundamental level of philosophical and religious inquiry with the influences exerted by western colonization, by the energetic onslaught of Chinese and Indian traders and a budding materialism among the Burmese. This is an unusual description by an unusually sensitive author.

     


     

 

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Cupet, P. translated and with an Introduction by Tips, W.E.J. (1998). Among the Tribes of Southern Vietnam and Laos. ‘Wild’ Tribes and French Politics on the Siamese Border (1891).

Bangkok 1998, first English trans. of 1893; 194 pp., illus., 16 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22028

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This book reports a chapter of Franco-Siamese politics played out in 1890-91 among the independent tribes inhabiting the crossroads between French Southern Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Since various semi-independent states in present-day Southern Laos and Cambodia were under the sovereignty of, and paid tribute to, the King of Siam, Siamese military units were once again confronting the dominant colonial power, France, at the borders. The author, Captain P. Cupet, was a member of the famous Pavie Mission and studied the politics as well as the ethnography and anthropology of the tribes for years. So his report incorporates significant material on such tribes as the Radé, the Djiaraï, the Davak, the Cédang, the Brao, the Bahnar and many smaller tribes. His pictorial material is outstanding and unrivalled as a record of the peoples that, in the 1960s, during the struggle for the forest trails in the next Vietnam war, would enter big power politics once again. Accompanying maps by Auguste Pavie can be found in the Atlas of the Pavie Mission.

     


     

 

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Cupet, P. translated by W.E.J. Tips (2000). Travels in Laos and among the Tribes of Southeast Indochina. The Pavie Mission Indochina Papers (1879-1895)—Volume 6.

Bangkok 2000, first English trans. of 1900; 458 pp., 40 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22189

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This book provides an overview of exploration work done in parts of Central Laos and on the borders of Laos with Cambodia and Vietnam, parts of French Indochina. The various itineraries in Laos cover the search for passages between the Mekong and the Vietnamese coast, the country of the Puan people and territories inhabited by tribes which were either under Vietnam’s or Siam’s sovereignty or called themselves independent. The book also documents lifestyles and customs of various Moi, Bahnar, Djiarai, Sedang, and other primitive tribes. Some of these forgotten ethnic groups had already been visited by French Catholic missionaries who contributed valuable ethnic data to the reports of the Pavie Mission. Volume 2 of this series, Atlas of the Pavie Mission, contains the maps accompanying these explorations.

     


     

 

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Delaporte, Louis and Francis Garnier; translated by W.E.J. Tips (1998) A Pictorial Journey on the Old Mekong: Cambodia, Laos and Yunnan, The Mekong Exploration Commission Report (1866-1868) —Vol. 3

Bangkok 1998, repr. 2006 in larger format; 225 pp., fully illus., 41 pp. illus. in col., 5 pp. maps, 250 x 335 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 21865/N

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In this third part of the Mekong Exploration Commission Report, 1866-1868, published as an oversized volume with numerous splendid color plates and four maps, the journey along the Mekong is retraced using plates not published in the two other volumes on the Mekong Expedition as well as by masterfully drawn color plates of tribal costumes from the regions the Commission passed through. This volume graphically supplements the descriptive reports of the Commission’s work and can be read fruitfully in its own right as a journey along the Old Mekong.

     


     

 

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Dilok Nabarath, Prince translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (2000). Siam’s Rural Economy under King Chulalongkorn.

Bangkok 2000, first English trans. of 1908; 354 pp., 24 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22173

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This dissertation by Prince Dilok Nabarath, Prince of Siam, son of HM King Chulalongkorn and Chao Chom Manda Dibakesorn of Chiang Mai, was submitted at the University of Tübingen, Germany. The book covers virtually every aspect of the agricultural base of Thailand’s economy at the turn of the previous century. The reforms in the legal status of various classes of slaves, serfs, free people, nobles and others are sketched against the background of a farmers’ class producing ever more agricultural produce for export. These exports are discussed in great detail too. The various farming systems to produce the entire gamut of exports from rice to livestock are explained. The efficiency and impediments to production increases are placed in the historical context of the widening communications network of the country. Special attention is paid to supplementary sources of income, many of which are still used today. The geographical framework of farm products is also presented. Prince Dilok concludes his dissertation with enlightened recommendations that are still valid when it comes to misguided development projects, inappropriate donor-enforced macro-economic policies, and the application of capital-intensive technology.

     


     

 

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Doehring, Karl; translated by W.E.J. Tips (2014) Photographic Impressions of Siam

Bangkok 2014, 206 pp., 142 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22071

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Photographic Impressions of Siam is the first English translation of Siam, Land und Volk, accompanied by 142 pages of original photographs. The architect Karl Dohring lived and worked in Siam during King Chulalongkorn's Reign. He was involved in many different projects for the king as well as for government departments and institutions. His professional training enabled him to observe with a sharp eye. His introductory text is brief but profound. He deals with the following topics: the country, waterways, populations, character of the Thais, family life, agriculture, the legal system, cremations, court life and festivities, music and theater.

     


     

 

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Döhring, Karl translated by W.E.J. Tips (2000). Buddhist Temples of Thailand: An Architectonic Introduction.

Bangkok 2000, first English trans. of 1920; 370 pp., 266 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22168

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This is the first English translation of Karl Döhring’s seminal three-volume photographic study Buddhistische Tempelanlagen in Siam, published in German in 1920. This in-depth architectonic and socio-cultural analysis of temple complexes is accompanied by 180 pages of technically perfect photographs and 116 floor plans and refined line drawings. Karl Döhring, an architect who lived and worked in Siam during the reigns of King Chulalongkorn and King Vajiravudh, presented part of this work toward his doctoral degree. As a practicing architect of larger constructions, many of which were realized in Siam, Döhring was deeply interested in the technical aspects of Thai temples and in the use of decorative elements worked out to perfection to create both harmony and eye-catching contrasts. The book presents an architectonic analysis, discusses the historico-cultural and religious meanings of the various edifices composing a Thai temple complex, and details the specific decorations used to project the atmosphere of religious piety and rest so often impressively present in these places of worship. Sample floor plans, many of which have been long lost and photographs of many Bangkok temples as well as some famous upcountry complexes make this book a masterfully conceived guide for the layman who has more than a superficial interest in this fascinating topic.

     


     

 

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Döhring, Karl translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (2000). Buddhist Stupa (Phra Chedi) Architecture of Thailand.

Bangkok 2000, first English trans. of 1912; 168 pp., fully illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22167

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Karl Döhring has carried out the most exhaustive study ever done by a Western researcher on the Buddhist edifices known in Thailand as phra chedi. The author, who worked in Siam during the early decades of the twentieth century, personally visited phra chedi or stupa edifices in various Bangkok temples. He traces the origins of this peculiar building, discusses its uses, and examines its place in Thai Buddhist temple complexes. A complete classification of all the architectural forms these buildings take is presented, along with architectonic details, and the decorative elements of the round and square stupa types are analyzed. This study is enhanced by a unique collection of photographs and the author’s own sketches and drawings.

     


     

 

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Dupuis, J. translated and with an Afterword by W.E.J. Tips (1998). A Journey to Yunnan and the Opening of the Red River to Trade.

Bangkok 1998, first English trans. of 1880; 113 pp., 1 map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22024

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This is the account of the daring journey of a French trader up the Red River in 1872-1873. This was the first attempt by a westerner to use the Red River to access the riches of Yunnan and defy the established Chinese and Vietnamese powers and their customs collectors. Sailing under the Chinese flag, J. Dupuis also defied official French foreign policy and showed that the trade was possible and that great profits were to be made. He cleverly made alliances and traded arms with the Chinese authorities in Yunnan and negotiated with the Black and Yellow Flag irregular armies. Whilst breaking treaties that France had negotiated with the Court of Hué, this bold trader made a journey that represented a major step in changing official French policies in respect to Tonkin, present-day northern Vietnam. J. Dupuis, who identified gold, silver, copper, tin and other mines, opened vistas, especially French, of a lucrative colonial adventure in Southeast Asia.

     


     

 

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Ehlers, Otto E. translated by W.E.J. Tips (2002). On Horseback through Indochina. Volume 1. Assam, Burma, and the Andamans and Nicobars.

Bangkok 2002, first English trans. of 1901; 192 pp., 12 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22247

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This volume provides an account of the adventurous journey German traveler Otto Ehlers undertook in 1891-1892. Volume 1 starts with an elephant hunt in Assam and ends on the Nicobar Islands in the Andaman Sea. Ehlers traveled to the Khassia Mountains with the chief elephant hunter of the Kheddah Department of British India, sailed on the Brahmaputra up north and followed British and Gurkha troops in their military campaign against the Maharaja of Manipur. Then he followed one of the British columns to Mandalay, from where he traveled to the ruby mines in the Shan States administered from Mogok, and further to Bhamo to end this trip on the Irrawaddy in Rangoon. He then visited the Andaman Islands and its English penal colony and various islands of the Nicobar group. Ehlers interacted in his typical straightforward and humorous manner with primitive tribes and high officials alike. His quick-witted pen describes the Garos, several tribes of the Naga Mountains, the inhabitants of semi-independent Manipur, Mandalay and its bazaars, British and Gurkha army life in India and Upper Burma, the operation of ruby mines and their lack of profitability, the jail and zoological garden of Rangoon, the conditions of convicts in the Andamans, and various tribes of the Nicobars.

     


     

 

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Ehlers, Otto E. translated by W.E.J. Tips (2001). On Horseback through Indochina. Volume 2. Burma, North Thailand, the Shan States, and Yunnan.

Bangkok 2001, first English trans. of 1894; 274 pp., 28 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22225

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The book provides an account of the adventurous journey German traveler Otto Ehlers undertook in 1891-1892. This volume chronicles the journey starting from Moulmein on Burma’s Andaman Sea coast and ending in Poofang on the border between the Sipsong Pana, now Yunnan, and French Tonkin, now Vietnam. Ehlers travels an unusual route; with intent to wander away from the itinerary followed by earlier explorers. Traveling without passports or official laissez-passers, but with letters of recommendation from Prince Damrong, Siam’s Minister of the Interior, and the British Consul in Chiang Mai, Ehlers cunningly used the locals’ fear of officialdom and his own imagination. His skillful use of both helped him to cross through British and partly Chinese-claimed Shan States from Chiang Rai in Siam to Chiang Tung. When Ehlers and his party were refused entry by Chinese officials coming from Yunnan, he set off at night, headed for the border with France’s Tonkin colony, and escaped through the tea gardens of Ybang in the Sipsong Pana. In the Shan States Ehlers observed the annual rocket firing competition and describes market towns and mule-caravans plying the Yunnan-Burma trails. Along his journey, Ehlers finds the time to observe and record what strikes him as unusual or at variance with other accounts of the numerous tribes and cities in the area. Hundreds of singular encounters with people are described and the logistics of shoestring traveling are documented in a unique and colorful style.

     


     

 

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Ehlers, Otto E. translated by W.E.J. Tips (2002). On Horseback through Indochina. Volume 3. Vietnam, Singapore, and Central Thailand.

Bangkok 2002, first English trans. of 1894; 252 pp., 20 pp. illus., 1 map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22235

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The third volume of this trilogy reports on the journey starting in Poofang on the border between the Sipsong Pana, now Yunnan, and French Tonkin. Ehlers travels an unusual route between the Black and the Red River and through the tea districts on the Vietnamese-Chinese border, passing through all major settlements of the time: Phong Tho, Barat, Laichau, Lao Kai, Trai Hut, Hong Hoa, Sontay, Hanoi, and Haiphong. Considered a spy by the French officers in Tonkin, Ehlers was forced to continue part of his journey by junk on the Red River down to Hanoi. He then sailed to Da Nang, Saigon, and Singapore, from where he visited the Sultanate of Johore, and onwards to Siam as the guest of H.M. King Chulalongkorn at Koh Si Chang. He also visited Bangkok, Bang Pa In, and Ayutthaya. Ehlers insightfully, mercilessly, and humorously dissects what he sees: the true state of the Black Thai irregular troops guarding the country between the Black River and the Red River against Black Flag pirates, the colorful costumes and customs of various tribesmen, trade on the Red River and across the Yunnanese borders, the felt need for railway lines in the Shan States and Tonkin, the coal mines of Hongai, the steamers and sailing ships of Rickmers in the Orient, foreign government advisers traveling to idleness in Siam, the livelihood of the Bangkok Siamese, the comings and goings in Sampeng, Bangkok’s Chinese district, Siamese theater, the cremation grounds for the poor at Wat Saket, and many other colorful descriptions cast in Ehler’s own brand of travelogue writing.

     


     

 

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Fournereau, L. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1999). Bangkok in 1892.

Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1894; 179 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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This overview covers a great number of aspects of Siamese life, of the common people as well as of royalty and high officialdom. Bangkok’s great celebration and the sordid details of its pollution and body disposal problems as well as politically tainted descriptions of the state of feudalism and slavery in the kingdom are discussed by a French colonialist. The great buildings and the significance of the main state ceremonies held in them are discussed and illustrated with colorful details. The book’s descriptions are greatly enhanced by more than fifty engravings, each a masterpiece of a craft that was about to disappear though it rivaled photography in the richness of its details and refinement.

     


     

 

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Schaefer, Friedrich translated by W.E.J. Tips (2013) A German Surgeon's Siamese Army Diary (1909-1911)

Bangkok 2013, 436 pp., 1 pp. map fold, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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is the diary of a Prussian army doctor recruited by the Siamese to build up a medical services department for the army. The army had been reorganized and greatly expanded, but in line with the general state of medicine and especially surgery in the country, the troops were not adequately cared for. Dr. Schaefer, who had served the Prussian army and the Russian Czar, was recruited with an eye on improving military hospitals, but he ended up introducing modern surgery. He was instrumental in setting up improved military hospitals both in Bangkok and in the countryside and contributed greatly to the foundation of education in medicine and surgery. The Red Cross Society was another of his domains of work. The period of time in which he was serving saw the advent of industrial rice milling, the appearance of the trademark “Siam Rice” on world markets, and the consequent rise of beriberi, for which the scientific debate about its resolution is also documented in his diary. Schaefer also engaged in research; e.g. hunting a new human parasite. Besides the medical aspects of his work, which deal with plague, cholera and smallpox as the main epidemic diseases of the time, his astute observations on the politics, both internal and in the face of English-French-German colonial rivalry, cannot be found elsewhere. China was standing by and quietly conquering the channels to business wealth, even if immigrant Chinese went on strike in Bangkok. As a well-connected surgeon he met most Siamese personalities of the time and cut across all social classes in his medical practice. His keen eye documents natural phenomena in Bangkok and upcountry towns as well as the rapid expansion of the city at the end of the Chulalongkorn Reign. He was a driving force behind and a design consultant to the foundation of the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital and medical education in the country. Finally, he was an eyewitness of the national trauma caused by the passing away of HM King Chulalongkorn.

     


     

 

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Fuhrmann, Ernst translated by W.E.J. Tips (1999). New Guinea: People and Art.

Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1920; 168 pp., 130 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk.

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This work is the first English translation of a German introductory text published by the well-known publisher Folkwang Verlag in Hagen in 1922. The book is based on photographs of art collections in the major museums of Europe and includes a special section on the ornamental designs of New Guinea. Sculpture and “body art”, before the term was reinvented, are documented in detail. Art forms such as masks, furniture and house structures are also included. The introduction places this art in its everyday context and discusses beliefs related to the use of artifacts. Much of what is shown here has so far only been preserved in the museum collections on which the book was based.

     


     

 

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Garnier, F. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1996). Travels in Cambodia and Part of Laos. The Mekong Exploration Commission Report (1866-68)—Volume 1.

Bangkok 1996, first English trans. of 1869-71; 370 pp., 43 pp. illus., 1 folded map, 140 x 210 mm, pbk.

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This is the first part of The Mekong Exploration Commission Report (1866-1868), one of the most important expeditions sent to the Indo-China region to explore trade routes. The French expedition compiled a wealth of new information, drew maps, and produced a substantial number of engravings of Laos. It ended in Luang Prabang where the Commission stayed some months. While the original objective to ascertain that the Mekong River could be used as a trade route between Yunnan and the Delta was not achieved, the Commission’s political and socio-economic information was invaluable for France’s expansion in Indochina. A new map of Indochina as surveyed by the Commission is included in this book.

     


     

 

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Garnier, F. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1996). Further Travels in Laos and in Yunnan. The Mekong Exploration Commission Report (1866-68)—Volume 2.

Bangkok 1996, first English trans. of 1869-71; 301 pp., 30 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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This second volume contains the report of the Commission’s travels in Upper Laos and in Yunnan. It ended with the return of the Commission via China and reports on the dramatic Muslim uprising in Southern China. Several attempts to identify trade routes on the Mekong by the Commission’s most famous member, Francis Garnier, are also included in the report. An accompanying folded map is inserted in Vol. 1.

     


     

 

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Harmand, J. translated and with an Introduction by by W.E.J. Tips, (1997). Laos and the Hilltribes of Indochina. Journeys to the Boloven Plateau, from Bassac to Hué through Laos, and to the Origins of the Thai.

Bangkok 1997, first English trans. of 1878-9; 292 pp., 43 pp. illus., 32 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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A report of explorations undertaken in Laos and present-day Vietnam by one of the main architects of French expansion in Southeast Asia. For the first part of his explorations, Dr François Jules Harmand concentrated his journey of early 1877 on exploring the Boloven Plateau. His attention was focused especially on natural history and on the tribes living in this area. The second part of his exploration brought him to river valleys in Central Laos and the country of the Pou Thay, the original stock of the Thais, with the objective of finding a route from Bassac on the Mekong to Hué on the Vietnamese coast. The value of his observations on nature, people and political relations is only surpassed by the intrinsic value of this account as an example of nineteenth century French colonialists at work.

     


     

 

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Hocquard, Éd. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1999). War and Peace in Hanoi and Tonkin. A Field-Report of the Franco-Chinese War and on Customs and Beliefs of the Vietnamese (1884-1885).

Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1889-1891; 628 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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This work is the field report of a French medical doctor serving in the Franco-Chinese war over Tonkin and Annam in the period 1884-1885. The book reports the conditions under which this war was fought in the plains and hills of North Vietnam and describes a number of skirmishes between French and Chinese troops. However, Dr Édouard Hocquard was much more than an army doctor of the first class, with the rank of major, actively engaged in caring for wounded soldiers, he was also a keen observer of the customs and beliefs of the Vietnamese. His attention was especially focused on social issues and the livelihood of the Vietnamese, but he was also a meticulous observer of natural history. Numerous splendid, and previously unpublished, plates of scenes of peace and war in the Vietnamese countryside and of picturesque towns make for a colorful and worthy addition to Dr Hocquard’s descriptions.

     


     

 

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Hosséus, Carl Curt translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (2001). Through King Chulalongkorn’s Kingdom (1904-1906): The First Botanical Exploration of Northern Thailand.

Bangkok 2001, first English trans. of 1912; 388 pp., 63 pp. illus., 1 map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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This is the report of a German expedition conducted by Dr. Carl Curt Hosséus to northern Siam in 1904-1906. The author was a professional botanist and aimed to explore the still virgin forest stands and jungles in such mountainous regions as the Wang Chao area and the Khao Phra Dang mountains of Tak province, the Mae Ping river valley, Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon, and Doi Chiang Dao in Chiang Mai province, Muang Fang, Chiang Sen and its ancient temples, the road from Chiang Sen to Chiang Rai, and the Huay Sai-Chiang Kong region on the Mekong. There are numerous discoveries of new plant species, as could be expected, and extensive commentary on local environments of vegetation associations. The author does not stop there but offers insights into the local situation of various tribes such as the Shan and Mussoer and the former’s insurrections against central rule, the waning power of local rulers, the old chaos, and the operations of large logging companies, such as the East Asiatic Company, the destruction of the environment by forest fires, the operations of American missionaries in the north, budding French administration in French Laos, the development of a modern upcountry corps of gendarmes under Danish leadership, and the growing trade interests of Britain and Germany. The local flavor of villages and towns is colorfully described and illustrated with more than ninety period photographs.

     


     

 

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Hürlimann, Martin translated by W.E.J. Tips (2001). Photographic Impression: Burma, Siam, Cambodia, Yunnan, Champa, and Vietnam.

Bangkok 2001, first English trans. of 1929; 276 pp., fully illus., 210 x 300 mm, pbk.

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This book of photographs of the 1920s in Indochina presents 240 magnificent pictures of architecture, landscapes, and people in their daily activities. For each country there is a brief introduction in English. The photographs also include monuments of Champa, the disappeared kingdom on the coast of Vietnam. Various ethnic minorities of Southeast Asia are shown in their traditional costumes.

     


     

 

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Jottrand, Mr. Émile & Jottrand, Mrs. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1996). In Siam. The Diary of a Legal Adviser of King Chulalongkorn’s Government.

Bangkok 1996, first English trans. of 1905; 475 pp., illus., 145 x 215 mm, pbk.

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In Siam is a travelogue by Émile Jottrand and his wife. Jottrand was a Belgian assistant legal adviser in the Siamese Ministry of Justice during the period 1898-1902. This lively account presents the reader with all aspects of the work of the foreign adviser as well as the life of a western wife in Bangkok and other parts of Siam. Because of his official position, Jottrand was a privileged witness to everyday life in the courts and corridors of powers and at the parties of Siamese high officialdom during the Fifth Reign. His quasi-political comments enliven the narrative of Siam’s development at the end of the nineteenth century. Émile Jottrand and his wife were gifted observers and their keen perceptions span the environment and all social aspects. Unique period photographs, discovered in the Jottrands’s private collection and from other archives, compliment the text.

     


     

 

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Krause, Gregor & Karl With translated by W.E.J. Tips (2000). Bali: People and Art.

Bangkok 2000, first English trans. of 1922; 337 pp., 273 pp. illus., 210 x 295 mm, pbk.

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The first English translation of Bali, the popular second edition of a German classic introduction to the island published in 1922. The book was a bestseller because of Gregor Krause’s unique photographs, which he made when he was a medical doctor in the employ of the Dutch on Bali from 1912 until 1914. The introductory text covers almost all aspects of life and art on Bali as well as its nature and its trade with neighboring islands. It still is a remarkable introduction to an island that flourished culturally before the onslaught of the tourist industry. The attentive visitor will still recognize vistas of this rich past in the scenes and especially in the people he’ll meet there nowadays.

     


     

 

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Lefèvre, E. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1995). Travels in Laos. The Fate of the Sip Song Panna and Muong Sing (1894-1896).

Bangkok 1995, first English trans. of 1898; 240 pp., 32 pp. illus., 1 folded map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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Written by a member of the famous Pavie Mission, this book describes a dramatic episode in the tale of French conquests in Indochina. The rivalry of British imperialism and French colonial activists, mostly operating from their Indochinese base in Saigon, reached its culmination when the Asian possessions of the superpowers met in Upper Laos. Several small states that had been able to preserve their relative independence by paying tribute to virtually all regional powers, were finally caught up in the endgame of colonial expansion. France was to be the victor this time and formerly neutral states such as Muong Sing, the Hua Pan Tang Ha Tang Hoc, the Sip Song Chu Tai and the Sip Song Pana, with their semi-independent rulers, were to disappear to become present-day Laos and part of Vietnam. The story unfolds amidst the wild landscapes and fertile valleys of Upper Laos where, for centuries, different peoples, all with their particular customs, dress and languages, had fought each other for control of the land and the trade routes. The mission and Dr Lefèvre spared no effort to travel the country back and forth until, finally, a Franco-British agreement settled the border and also the fate of the peoples. Accompanying maps of the itineraries can be found in the Atlas of the Pavie Mission.

     


     

 

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Lefèvre-Pontalis, P. translated by W.E.J. Tips (2000). Travels in Upper Laos and on the Borders of Yunnan and Burma. The Pavie Mission Indochina Papers (1879-1895)—Volume 5.

Bangkok 2000, first English trans. of 1902; 394 pp., 80 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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The report provides an overview of exploration work done in the upper part of Laos and on the borders of Laos and Vietnam, as parts of French Indochina, and of British Burma and China. The various itineraries in Upper Laos cover western areas bordering the British, Chinese and Siamese possessions and constitute a preparation for a definitive settlement with the governments of British Burma and of Yunnan. The maps produced by these professional topographers comprise important areas along the Mekong not yet surveyed until then, the roads towards Siam from Yunnan and Muong Sing and, in general, the Sip Song Pahn Na dependencies of Siam. The book also documents villages of various primitive Kha tribes and mixtures of various races living in this area covered with the mule trails of traders. Volume 2 of this series, Atlas of the Pavie Mission, contains the maps accompanying these explorations.

     


     

 

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Mahe, Comte A. de La Bourdonnais; translated by W.E.J. Tips (2014) French Engineer in Burma and Siam (1880) With a Discussion on the Kra Canal Controversy

Bangkok 2014, 279 pp., 16 pp. illus. 1 pp. folded map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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A French Engineer in Burma and Siam (1880), With a Discussion on the Kra Canal Controversy contains a number of discussions on all that a French engineer, hired by the English in Burma, met with during his stay. He was a municipal engineer in Bassein to deal with the aftermath of an earthquake, an engineer undertaking the construction of a telegraphic line between Siam and Burma, a political commentator on the Kra Canal on the Malay Peninsula and an engineer in charge of mines in English Burma. He was also a keen observer of what the English had been achieving or not in Burma just before they staged a Third War in Burma. Chapters on history—of a politically tainted, pro-French variety—offer a sound perspective on the colonial politics of the time. Where he was residing and travelling he was also a keen observer of local customs so different and new for a European in the Far East. The author describes the high status of women in Burma and marriage customs too. The ethnic groups of Burma are especially in his focus. Of special interest too are his observations on work and travel in Burmese jungles and the prevalence of large animals such as tigers, leopards and panthers, the hunting of which was necessary to protect workers. After King Thibaw had been deposed he was eager to revise the first editions of his book, playing in the period 1880-81, with new material and political commentary. In this discussion the role of Siam and the great valley of the Chao Phraya or Menam River as a route to Yunnan, figure prominently. For the third revised and expanded edition, which is presented here, he also updated the discussion on how best to realize the shortcut offered by the narrowness of the Kra Isthmus. A project he presented to King Chulalongkorn. F. de Lesseps, of Suez Canal fame, worked on the pilot study contained in this book.

     


     

 

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Malglaive, J. de & A.-J. Rivière translated by W.E.J. Tips (2000). Travels in Central Vietnam and Laos. The Pavie Mission Indochina Papers (1879-1895)—Volume 4.

Bangkok 2000, first English trans. of 1902; 350 pp., 48 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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Written by two untiring French army explorers this volume provides an overview of exploration work done in the Central parts of Laos and Vietnam. The various itineraries cover the area between Luang Prabang and Bassac on the Mekong and Vinh and Hué on the Vietnamese coast. The maps produced by these professional topographers comprise important river valleys, the country of the Puan and the settlement areas of various primitive so-called Kha tribes of the plateaus and mountains covering the narrow strip of land between Siam (Thailand) and French Indochina. The explorations were carried out in the framework of the Mission Pavie and politically motivated. Together with a series of maps and itineraries published in Volume 2 of the series, Atlas of the Pavie Mission, that guide the reader through these still relatively remote areas, period photographs provide images of tribes long gone and primitive virgin landscapes thoroughly changed by development.

     


     

 

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Marini, G. F. de translated by W.E.J. Tips & Cl. Bertuccio (1998). A New and Interesting Description of the Lao Kingdom (1642-1648).

Bangkok 1998, first English trans. of 1666; 144 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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This account was written by the Italian Jesuit G. F. de Marini based on several sources, the most important of which was his colleague G.M. Leria who worked in Laos from 1642 to 1648. It is one of the few very early accounts of that kingdom available. Originally recorded in Italian and published in 1663, the descriptive parts of the account were published in French in 1666. They appear here for the first time in English. The account deals with the considerable riches and power of the Lao kingdom during this period. It provides information, recorded through the eyes of a Jesuit, on the religion, customs, livelihood and natural qualities of the Lao people and on the much talked about splendor of the Court and religious ceremonies in Laos. With an introduction by Luigi Bressan.

     


     

 

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Maspero, G. translated by W.E.J. Tips (2002). The Champa Kingdom. The History of an Extinct Vietnamese Culture.

Bangkok 2002, first English trans. of the 2nd rev. ed. of 1928; 236 pp., 36 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk.

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This is the first English translation of Georges Maspero’s seminal history of Champa, a kingdom located on the coast of Vietnam. Written at the beginning of the last century, the book went through several editions and revisions based on expert comment. The text presented here in its first English translation is the second revised edition of 1928. Mostly based on Chinese and Viet sources, the book traces the history of Champa from its origins to its final decline. The Cham people, a fierce, often ruthless warrior population living on the South China Sea coasts were subjected both to the Chinese court and, at various periods, to the Viet people advancing south. The Cham often made the coasts unsafe for traders—Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Portuguese alike—and hence fomented innumerable military campaigns against them. The Viet coming from the north pushed them further into the northern and eventually the southern parts of present-day Vietnam. In the end, the Cham fled partly to Cambodia and partly into the peninsula’s inhospitable hills where they live today as a pitiful remnant of a once great nation.

     


     

 

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Isabelle Massieu, translated by W.E.J. Tips (2013) Around Southeast Asia in 1897

Bangkok 2013, 374 pp., 40 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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Around Southeast Asia in 1897: A Frenchwoman’s Observations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, and Laos documents the travels of a Frenchwoman. Published in 1901 as a travelogue of a rare female traveler undertaking a journey by herself, at her own rhythm, and using her time as she saw fit, to observe the transformations in various countries of Indochina, this book offers original insights into the life of the local people and political developments under the onslaught of colonial powers in a region that is again in the focus today for its rapid globalization. Isabelle Massieu took a special interest in talking to field administrators and local people and in the transformation of these colonies by appropriate policies. Foremost, public education has her attention. At times journeying as a tourist to the obligatory sights and cities on a world traveler’s itinerary, she also has a keen eye and a ready ear for gossip that is not found anywhere else in the literature of these dramatic decades of upheaval.

     


     

 

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Duc de Montpensier, translated by W.E.J. Tips (2014). By Motorcar from Saigon to Angkor Wat in 1908; A French Vintage Car Adventure

Bangkok 2014, 288 pp., 70 pp. illus. 8 pp. in col., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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By Motorcar from Saigon to Angkor Wat in 1908. A French Vintage Car Adventure tells the incredible story of one of the first car expeditions in Vietnam and Cambodia. A scion of the prominent French d’Orléans family took his car, a Lorraine-Dietrich—a 24/30 HP monster of 3,700 kilograms—through the mud paths and sands of Lower Vietnam into Cambodia and through the jungles to Angkor Wat. He was one of the very early visitors in that silent, deserted landscape and aptly titled his account of this expedition to the lost city La Ville au Bois dormant. Richly illustrated the visit came when prevention from looting had become an issue and provides not only period photographs of Angkor Wat but also of the countryside of Vietnam and Cambodia. With the help of buffaloes to pull the car and willing hands of indigenous people in many villages, the adventure was definitely crazy, as only French nobility can be, but worth every minute it lasted. The book was a resounding success then, and now.

     


     

 

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Morice, Dr. A. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1997). People and Wildlife in and around Saigon (1872-1873).

Bangkok 1997, first English trans. of 1875; 127 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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A report on Dr Morice’s posting in the then newly-acquired colony of France, Cochinchina. Since the author took a special interest in snakes and insects, attention is paid especially to these. Dr Morice also elaborates on the local people and their customs, including the Chinese merchants in Saigon and on the diseases most commonly occurring. A number of local customs and festivities are described through the tinted spectacles of a colonialist Frenchman. Dr Morice also traveled the smaller towns of the Delta extensively, and contributes to our knowledge of the terrain before the French commenced their culturally damaging, large-scale intervention.

     


     

 

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Neis, P. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips, (1997). Travels in Upper Laos and Siam, with an Account of the Chinese Haw Invasion and Puan Resistance.

Bangkok 1997, first English trans. of 1884; 169 pp., illus., 16 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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A report of an exploration undertaken in 1882 in Upper Laos and the border areas between British Burma, China, Vietnam and Siam by Dr Neis under the auspices of the French Minister of Public Education. Searching for knowledge about the local tribes and a commercially viable trade route from the Mekong valley to Annam or Tonkin (present-day Vietnam), Dr Neis met the Puan people fleeing from armed Chinese Haw bandits who had destroyed the Puan kingdom and threatened to invade large parts of the valleys that are the Laotian tributaries to the Mekong. Dr Neis found himself in dire straits, fleeing in turn from the approaching Haw and eventually returning to Luang Prabang. He explored the Nam Ou valley in Central Laos and described the local customs. From Luang Prabang, he undertook the exploration of the Siamese vassal states in the present-day Golden Triangle, and, besides the flourishing opium trade, also found the British traders doing well. Descending through Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, he provided a prophetic picture of expanding British interests and of the struggle between the local northern vassals and residents sent by the Bangkok government of King Chulalongkorn.

     


     

 

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Neis, Dr. P. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1998). The Sino-Vietnamese Border Demarcation, 1885-1887.

Bangkok 1998, first English trans. of 1887; 224 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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The book reports on the work of the French and Chinese delegation which together formed the Border Demarcation Commission set up after the Franco-Chinese war (by the Treaty of Tien-Tsin, 9 June 1885) to determine and mark the borders between China and Tonkin, France’s newest possession in the Far East. Besides reporting on the work of demarcation, Dr Neis reports briefly on the people and regions he passed through. He also provides a sketch of relations between local Chinese traders, lower-ranking mandarins on both sides of the border, and the Annamites and hill tribes of the border regions.

     


     

 

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Pallegoix, Monsignor Jean-Baptiste translated by W.E.J. Tips (1999). Description of the Thai Kingdom or Siam. Thailand under King Mongkut.

Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1854; 438 pp., 1 folded map, 147 x 210 mm, pbk.

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This account gives a complete overview of the basic features of the Thai people and of Thailand during the reign of King Mongkut. The description is directed at laymen in Western countries at a time when only a few travelogues on the Orient, written by traders and missionaries, reached the West. Monsignor Jean-Baptiste Pallegoix, for many years a missionary working in Siam and later Bishop of Siam and neighboring countries, elaborates on the daily life of the Siamese and on physical features of the country, and its flora and fauna in the early 1830s. He describes the juridical and political institutions of the Thai state, including its elaborate system of nobility, and officials, serfs and slaves, its arts and crafts, and the growing agricultural production and exports of a nascent economy. As a Roman Catholic bishop he had a keen eye for the religion and history of the Thai people with respect to the likelihood of conversions to Christianity. Thai Buddhism and superstitions are treated in great detail, and the foundations and rules of this religion are provided for laymen. The book provides an elaborate account of important events in the history of the country starting with the arrival of the first French missionaries—for example the behind-the-scene moves in the revolution of 1688 and King Narai’s relations with the French priests and his embassies to France—and concludes with an extensive description of the state of the Catholic Church in Siam around 1850.

     


     

 

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Parmentier, H., P. Mus & É. Aymonier translated by W.E.J. Tips (2001). Cham Sculpture in the Tourane Museum (Da Nang, Vietnam) – Religious Ceremonies and Superstitions of Champa.

Bangkok 2001, first English trans. of 1922, 1934, 1891; 152 pp., 56 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk.

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The first report in this book offers an overview of Cham art with sixty-five photographs and an introductory text by the eminent French archaeologist Henri Parmentier. Originally published in 1922, this book remains one of the best introductions to the treasures preserved in the Tourane Museum in Danang. It features splendid photographs of Cham art discovered in the main areas of this long lost culture—Mi Son, Dong Duong, Khuong My, and Tra Kieu. The development of Cham art is sketched against the background of Annamese migration pushing the Cham people and their kingdom ever further south. The second part consists of two research reports. The first one by Paul Mus summarizes what is known about the religious practices of the Cham people and is based on artifacts and translated inscriptions. The author also reviews evidence from contemporary Cham culture. The religious inheritance of Champa is related to Vedic, Indian, Chinese, and Annamese forms of worship, and the significance of the Champa king as intermediary between the gods and the soil is also discussed. The second report by Étienne Aymonier contains an overview, dated 1884-85, of the religious practices, ceremonies related to veneration of divinities, marriage, birth, priesthood, death, agriculture, collection of eagle wood, and other customs of both groups of Chams, Muslims and non-Muslims, in Vietnam, and Chams in Cambodia.

     


     

 

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Pavie, Auguste translated and composed by W.E.J. Tips (1999). Atlas of the Pavie Mission. Laos, Cambodia, Siam, Yunnan, and Vietnam. The Pavie Mission Indochina Papers (1879-1895)—Volume 2.

Bangkok 1999, 206 pp., 35 pp. illus. in col., 81 pp. maps, 210 x 290 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22073

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The various French expeditions, carried out by a score of prominent researchers under the name Mission Pavie, not only compiled a wealth of new scientific and historical information and details on natural history they also drew up accurate maps for areas where no western mapping work had previously been undertaken. This atlas also contains a number of color plates, masterpieces of the art of the time that were incorporated in various research reports of the mission. Short descriptions place these in the context of the work of the Pavie Mission as documented in the other volumes in this series. However, this Atlas should be used together with Volume 1 of the series: Auguste Pavie, Pavie Mission Exploration Work. Laos, Cambodia, Siam, Yunnan & Vietnam.

     


     

 

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Pavie, Auguste translated by W.E.J. Tips (1999). Pavie Mission Exploration Work. Laos, Cambodia, Siam, Yunnan, and Vietnam. The Pavie Mission Indochina Papers (1879-1895)—Volume 1.

Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1901, 1906; 774 pp., 110 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22076

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Volume 1 is written by Auguste Pavie himself and provides an overview of exploration work done in Cambodia, Siam, Laos and Tonkin. French expeditions, carried out by a score of prominent researchers under the name Mission Pavie, not only compiled a wealth of new scientific and historical information and details of natural history and drew up maps especially of disputed border areas between Laos, Siam, Cambodia, Yunnan and Vietnam they also produced political results serving the pro-colonial faction in France. This book contains short descriptions of numerous journeys made in Cambodia, the Great Tonle-Sap Lake district between Siam and Cambodia, the Mekong in Cambodia, North Siam and its border areas with Laos, East Laos and its border areas with Tonkin, present-day Vietnam, and the Laotian areas bordering the middle part of Vietnam, then Annam. Together with a series of maps and itineraries published in Volume 2 of the series, Atlas of the Pavie Mission, that guide the reader through these still relatively remote areas, period photographs create an image of the adventurous world of nineteenth century Indochina.

     


     

 

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Pavie, Auguste translated by W.E.J. Tips (1999). Travel Reports of the Pavie Mission. Vietnam, Laos, Yunnan, and Siam. The Pavie Mission Indochina Papers (1879-1895)—Volume 3.

Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1911, 1919; 774 pp., 64 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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This volume includes Auguste Pavie’s reports on his work in Upper Laos to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, his vivid account of the destruction of Luang Prabang and parts of his diaries on the 1893 Paknam Gunboat Incident which was the pretext the French needed to detach the Laotian territories from Siam. An overview of exploration work and Pavie’s political dealings with the Black Flag irregulars in respect to their submission and the turning over of suzerainty to France is given. The ultimate goal—making a link suitable for use by traders between Hanoi and Luang-Prabang as well as other trade outlets on the Mekong—is also documented. Reports on Laos cover the areas inhabited by the Puan and various Thai, Meo, and Kha tribes as well as insights into the politics of local warlords and functionaries appointed by the various suzerains of these valleys which are today part of Burma, Laos, and Yunnan in southern China. Volume 2 of this series, Atlas of the Pavie Mission, contains maps accompanying these explorations and plates documenting the gunboat battle at Paknam in 1893.

     


     

 

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A. Raquez, translated by W.E.J. Tips (2012). Around Laos in 1900 A Photographer's Adventures

Bangkok 2012, 559 pp., 1 pp. illus., 1 fold map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk

WL Order Code 22665

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This extensive report presents information on the daily life and livelihood of various groups of people in Laos. First published in 1902 as a travelogue around Upper, Central and Lower Laos, this book also includes an assessment by a Frenchman critical of development work already undertaken by the French colonial administration. Raquez was traveling with the chief administrator of a recently unified Laos and thus he was close enough to power to obtain information no other writer of the time managed to obtain. Contemporary personalities, colonial administrators and scholars pass before Raquezs sharp eyes as do Laotian and Siamese personalities of the time. Besides presenting a number of straightforward pro-French political considerations on the Indochinese colony and its neighbor, Siam, the book also provides a multitude of facts about its natural setting, economic products, food, history, geography, legal system, customs and religions and about the life and struggles of various highland tribes.

     


     

 

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Renaud, Jean translated by W.E.J. Tips (2011). Laos in the 1920s. The Gods, Monks and Mountains of Laos

Bangkok 2011, first English translation of 1930; 144 pp., 72 pp. illus., 1 map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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The book presents data and a number of unique photographs in a near-pamphlet published in 1930 to attract investors and tourists to the fledgling French colony of Laos. The book also includes an assessment of development work done there and challenges for the future by staunch colonialist Pierre Deloncle. Especially early mining successes are discussed as an example of successful private initiative. The book is based on the travels of novelist Jean Renaud, in the company of Albert Sarraut, another scholar of Laos and Indochina and on published sources. Special attention is given to various proposed access roads to link Laos with the rest of Indochina and to access the wealth of the Plain of Jars. Besides a number of polemic arguments in favor of the colony, there are some salient facts of its natural setting, history, geography and various highland tribes. The great importance and significance of religious superstitions and customary ceremonies are also discussed.

     


     

 

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Robequain, Charles translated by W.E.J. Tips (2001). Photographic Impressions of French Indochina. Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos in 1930.

Bangkok 2001, first English trans. of 1930; 180 pp., fully illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22270

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A photographic sketch of the colonies and protectorates the French established around the turn of the century and the budding exploitation of those colonies. Indochinese architecture, landscapes, and people in their daily activities are shown in 203 magnificent photographs from the 1930s. The journey covers the present-day countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The text, in English, includes a brief introduction to the specific characteristics and history of each country. The photographs also include monuments of Champa, an extinct culture on the coast of Central Vietnam. Tribal people from various regions are shown in their traditional costumes.

     


     

 

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Roux, É. translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1999). Searching for the Sources of the Irrawaddy: With Prince Henri d'Orléans from Hanoi to Calcutta Overland.

Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1897; 278 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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Roux’s account is one of the reports of an overland trip from Hanoi to Calcutta through an area that was identified as containing the sources of the Irrawaddy River as well as those of some of the other great rivers of Indochina. The expedition was under the leadership of Prince Henri d’Orléans and the author, a geographer, was one of his two French companions. The book elaborates on the trade routes of the region and on the various tribesmen living in the localities the expedition passed through. Tibet and the Salween River Valley are among the new territories described by this French expedition, together with the Upper Mekong Valley which was then unexplored by Westerners. Numerous new species of monkeys, birds, and other animals and plants were collected. The main contribution of this travelogue however, lies in the geographical work of the author and in his determination of the exact location of the sources of the Irrawaddy River.

     


     

 

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Roux, Henri translated by W.E.J. Tips (2011). The Akha and Phu Noi Minorities of Laos in the 1920s

Bangkok 2011, first English translation of 1924; 192 pp., 23 pp. illus. 145 x 210 mm., pbk.

WL Order Code 22659

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This first English translation presents a wealth of data and a number of unique period photographs collected by a French military administrator of the area around Phongsaly, then the Fifth Military territory in northern Laos. It is fair to say that this is one of the rare views of the original condition of these tribal populations as the observations date from the early 1920s when very few Europeans had been in this area. The text systematically reviews all that there was to know about these people: origins, physical characteristics, dwellings, customs and sorcery, ceremonies and feasts, ownership and economics, social relations, legends, even the dream world and the significance of omen are discussed. The measurement, time and writing systems and a number of typical texts have also been included. Together with rare period photographs, not found elsewhere, this book also provides an ethnographic treasure trove for people interested in authentic textiles and the material cultures of these two groups.

     


     

 

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Sarraut, A. translated by W.E.J. Tips (2010). Indochina.

Bangkok 2010, first English trans. of 1930; 183 pp., 149 pp. illus., 210 x 295 mm, pbk. (12 pp. text in Eng. & 12 pp. text in French)

WL Order Code 22641

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Indochina is a reprint of the 1930 edition, with photographs mostly from the turn of the century. The French colonizers used the term Indochine to denote their political expansion of five bordering countries, namely, Laos, Cambodia, Cochinchina, with its capital at Saigon, Annam, with its capital at Hue, and Tonkin, with its capital at Hanoi. The introductory text, which was originally in French and has now been translated into English, was conceived bearing in mind the potential visitor and tourist to the region. Tourism was promoted to generate revenue and what better way was there to accomplish this than by depicting beautiful pictures of the landscape and its exotic people. The ninety-six original illustrations are supplemented by ninety-six postcards, dating back to the early 1900s, also known as the golden age of postcards. They portray the indigenous people, architecture, landscapes and other characteristics of the five countries that comprised Indochina.

     


     

 

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Scherman, Lucian & Christinem, translated by W.E.J. Tips (2014) Textiles, Crafts and Customs of Burma's Women World (1910)

Bangkok 2014, 191 pp., 64 pp., illus., 1 map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk

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Textiles, Crafts and Customs of Burma’s Women World (1910) documents the travels of a German couple researching Burma’s tribal women in 1910-1911. Published in 1922 as a complement to scientific articles with the purpose of making available unique photographic material it has long remained obscure. Because of the early period during which the photographs were taken they offer a view of the authentic styles of dressing and textiles not yet influenced by large-scale “modernization”. The Schermans paid special attention to this modernizing trend and to migrations. This study comprises illustrated descriptions of Burmese, Shan, Palaung, Karen, Kachin, Chin, Naga and Lishaw women’s dress. It offers insights in some other aspects of the migrations and of the material cultures of these tribes such as paper-making, livelihood and various customs. There is also material on religious practices, illustrated with photographs. An addendum discusses a few typical women’s songs.

     


     

 

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Scherzer, Karl von translated by W.E.J. Tips (2004). With the Austrian Frigate Novara in the Nicobar Islands (1858).

Bangkok 2004, first English trans. of 1869; 122 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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Excerpted from the popular version of a report by Dr Karl von Scherzer, a member of an extremely well-prepared, round-the-world expedition carried out between 1857 and 1859, and sponsored by the Austrian imperial government. The Nicobar Islands, now Indian territory, lay on one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, and yet not much was systematically recorded about the local population until well into the 20th century. These people, numbering not more than 6,000 in all, lived from coconut exports, and to a lesser extent from Pandanus trees, edible swallows’ nests and sea cucumbers. The staff of the Austrian expedition included geographers, geologists, and natural scientists, all of whom contributed to von Scherzer’s report. Von Scherzer himself was one of only a very limited number of Europeans to come into contact with the local people, except for ships’ captains, whose names the locals habitually adopted. Captain John Bull, a local chieftain who accompanied various Austrians around the southern islands of the archipelago, and other colorful indigenous people were contributing unwittingly to their own destruction because the expedition was looking for areas where Austrian colonial settlements could be set up. The Austrian naval officers on board the Novara also produced a score of first observations and an unproved navigational chart of the area, which is included here as a folded map. The book includes a short history of the foreign relations of the Nicobar Islands not found elsewhere.

     


     

 

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Th. H. Thomann, translated by W.E.J. Tips (2014). Pagan and Burma in 1899; A Millennium of Buddhist Temple Art

Bangkok 2014, 314 pp. illus. 8 pp. in col., 150 x 215 mm

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Pagan and Burma in 1899. A Millennium of Buddhist Temple Art documents the research and travels of a German scholar-collector of Buddhist art. The ethnologist, connected with the Hamburg Museum for Ethnology, spend years studying Pagan in present-day Myanmar, one of the largest collections of Buddhist temples in the world. His study and collection of artifacts turned out to be controversial and discussion of the return of art raged on for decades. Several period photographs illustrate authentic dress of indigenous people met along Burmese roads. Thomann also traveled to the Andaman Islands and reports on the primitive aboriginals there. Richly illustrated with more than one hundred period photographs the book is a timeless introduction to Pagan and Buddhist religious themes. The book, and the map it includes, are most suitable to be used as a guide to spend an instructive, three to five days long, intellectually stimulating exploration of Pagan, Buddhist architecture and iconography. It also introduces Burmese people and their customs.

     


     

 

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Thorel, Dr. Cl. translated by W.E.J. Tips (2001). Agriculture and Ethnobotany of the Mekong Basin. The Mekong Exploration Commission Report (1866-68)—Volume 4.

Bangkok 2001, first English trans. of 1873; 293 pp., 16 pp. illus., 46 pp. illus. text, 145 x 210 mm, pbk.

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This fourth volume presents an in-depth overview of agriculture, horticulture, forestry, dye and textile plants, and medicinal plants, and discusses the main trade crops of the countries of the wider Mekong Valley, including Yunnan, Vietnam, Laos, Northeast Thailand, and Cambodia. The main impediments to greater productivity of these sectors are discussed in the framework of the beginning of French colonial expansion in the area. This overview contains a host of scientific facts on uses of plants and agricultural methods practiced on various types of land that cannot be found easily anywhere else. The book has been enhanced with a number of period scientific drawings of botanical taxa of interest to present-day readers and rare period photographs.

     


     

 

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Tips, W.E.J. (1996). Siam’s Struggle for Survival. The Gunboat Incident at Paknam and the Franco-Siamese Treaty of October 1893.

Bangkok 1996, 273 pp., 2 maps, 37 illus., 145 x 210 mm, pbk.

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This study tells the story of the French attempts to take over Siam in 1893. The battle between French warships and Siamese guns at Fort Paknam, on the mouth of the Chao Phya River, is told in the words of one of the main actors in the diplomatic struggles that preceded and followed the incident. Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns’s daily journal of the political maneuvering between France and Britain, the battles on the Mekong between French and Siamese troops and of the sleepless nights of HM King Chulalongkorn and his princely ministers, reads like a political thriller. The report of Siamese counter-attacks and diplomatic plotting, in which Prince Devawongse was the main actor, sheds light on hitherto unknown but crucial pages in the life of Siam as a modern nation in the making. Siam would preserve its independence and HM King Chulalongkorn would manage to hold on to most of the core territories of the kingdom in the Franco-Siamese Treaty of 3 October 1893 which followed the incident. Here is the story of a Siam dangerously close to losing her freedom.

     


     

 

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Tips, W.E.J. (1998). Crime and Punishment in King Chulalongkorn’s Kingdom. The Special Commission for the Reorganisation of the Provincial Courts in Ayuthia (1896-1897).

Bangkok 1998, 302 pp., 8 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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The book tells the story of the Ayuthia Special Commission for the Reorganization of the Provincial Courts in the words of Siam’s first Legal Adviser, Robert J. Kirkpatrick. After a temporary consolidation in foreign affairs had dealt with external threats, Siam was pushed on the road to internal reforms starting with the outdated court system. The Ayuthia Commission, starting work in September 1896, was the first of its kind to evaluate the courts upcountry and to judge hundreds of court cases that had been awaiting trial, sometimes for years. From tax evasion on boats and illegal distilleries, through thefts of cattle and property to abduction, rape, violent assaults and even murder, the commissioners heard witnesses and meted out justice. Justice was done too to those officials found taking bribes from prisoners wishing to escape from their chains, or torturing the accused, sometimes until death followed. The journal of the Commission’s activities reads like a kaleidoscope held up against the light of western principles of justice, reflecting the multicolored facets of Siamese society on the eve of modern times.

     


     

 

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Tips, W.E.J. (1996). Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns and the Making of Modern Siam. The Diaries and Letters of King Chulalongkorn’s General Adviser.

Bangkok 1996, 519 pp., 16 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

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This study is based on three thousand pages of privately held letters and diaries of HM King Chulalongkorn’s General Adviser and other Belgian advisers working in Siam. The book covers the crucial period of Siam’s modernization, from September 1892 until January 1902, from the inside. It contains never before revealed information on a wide variety of developments of the time, from big powers’ attempts to usurp Siam’s independence over the Paknam Incident of 13 July 1893, to the arcane day-by-day struggles to implement much needed internal reforms of the kingdom’s legal framework and bureaucracy. This book offers material that has never before seen the light of day and astounding facts that change our understanding of the shaping of the free nation as it is known today.

     


     

 

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Uchtomskij, Prince Esper Esperovitch translated and with an Introduction by W.E.J. Tips (1999). Czarevitch Nicolas of Russia in Siam and Saigon (1891).

Bangkok 1999, first English trans. from 1894, 1898; 124 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22031

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The book reports on the visit of the later Czar Nicolas II of Russia to King Chulalongkorn’s kingdom and to Saigon, one of the important early trade centers of France’s fledgling colony in Indochina. The visit was of great historical significance for the Thai nation. As a result of the extremely warm welcome given by the Thais, the bonds between the two Royal Houses became especially close. Only a few years later, after the Paknam Gunboat Incident of 1893, Russia would defend Siam’s case with Russia’s French allies. The author, a specialist in oriental religions and literature, was with the Czarevitch during the whole visit and testifies to great political skills and a rare clarity of vision of Russia’s future in the Orient. This book is an eye-opener for all those interested in big power politics at the turn of the century and its consequences for the small, independent kingdom of Siam.

     


 
     


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Doehring, Karl; translated by W.E.J. Tips (1999), The Country and People of Siam

Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1923; 206 pp., 142 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk.

WL Order Code 22071-O

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This book is the first English translation of Siam, Land und Volk, accompanied by 142 pages of original period photographs. The architect Karl Döhring lived and worked in Siam during King Chulalongkorn’s Reign. He was involved in many different projects for the king as well as for government departments and institutions. His professional training enabled him to observe with a sharp eye. His introductory text of 36 pages is brief but profound. He deals with the following topics: the country, waterways, population, character of the Thais, family life, agriculture, the legal system, cremations, court life and festivities, music and theater.