Footprints in Malaya - Sir Frank (Athelstane) SwettenhamLondon, New York & Melbourne: Hutchinson & Co., 1942, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss to the foot of the spine and corners of both panels. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Black & white photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Frontispiece portrait;
From the cover: “This book is concerned mainly with the States of the Malay Peninsula and it describes the inner history of the British Government’s reluctant decision to take a hand in their affairs. It tells why and how this change of policy was adopted 50 years after the foresight of Stamford Raffles had secured for his country the island of Singapore at the very gate of the China Sea to become one of the greatest and most important Seaports of the World. The wise principles which Raffles laid down for the government of his island brought immediate success and attracted trade from all the rich countries around and East of Singapore, but the Malay States were left untouched and uninfluenced until the quarrels of Malay Rajahs, and especially of rival factions of Chinese tin miners, working in the Western States, forced the British Government to exert its influence for the protection of its own people settled in the Straits of Malacca. The author, who was for some years Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Straits Settlements, paints from life a striking picture of the Malay and its surroundings; he describes visits to India, China, Japan, Honolulu, San Francisco and other places; his meetings with notable people; and he concludes with observations and reflections on matters of interest which have attracted his attention at home and abroad during the years of his service and to-day.”