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FIRST EDITION. pp. 21-219 plus preliminary pages, bibliography and index. Five maps and thirty six b/w illustrations. Original pink cloth sound/VG. Interior clean/NEAR FINE. Illustrated dust jacket sound/VG. Maurice Collis' great gift was in making history readable and interesting for the general reader without straying from the recognised records of events. Raffles is a fine example of this skill and comes after the publication of twenty-seven other works covering autobiographies, histories, biographies, travel, novels and romances and drama. Sir Stamford Raffles is best remembered as the founder of Singapore but he was also an able administrator, humanitarian, pioneer orientalist and collector of animals and plants. His life became a succession of success and setbacks, none more so than the displeasure of the East India Company at his actions. Despite these setbacks nobody did more than Raffles to open up the Far East and create the conditions for modern Asia to emerge from the dissolution of Old Asia and he died at a tragically early age but at least having re-established his reputation and fortune. N° de ref. de la librería 10537
Editorial: London: Faber and Faber 1966
Año de publicación: 1966
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