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Memoirs of a French naval commander in Siam

FORBIN, Claude, comte de.
Mémoires du comte De Forbin.
Amsterdam, François Girardi, 1748. 2 volumes. 12mo. With engraved author's portrait as frontispiece. Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spines. [4], 383, [1 blank]; [4], 344 pp.
€ 1,250
Third edition of the memoirs of the French naval commander Claude de Forbin (1656-1733), starting in 1675 and ending in 1710. It includes notes on his diplomatic mission to Siam from 1685 to 1688, where he became the governor of Bangkok and a general in the Siamese army. He later fought in several sea battles against the British navy.
Good copy, with spots and minor waterdamage throughout and a few small tears in the lower margin. Some damage to the binding, but still good. Cordier, Indosinica, col. 945; STCN (1 copy).
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