A Missionary in Siam (1860-1870) by Rev. N.A. McDonald
A Reprint From 1871
This missionary presents a down-to-earth account of life in Siam in the 1860s. This is important source material as there are very few descriptions of Siam by foreigners during that period. Most especially is this true for the coronation of King Chulalongkorn as only a handful of non-Siamese were permitted to witness this auspicious occasion. Throughout this is a book from which the reader can learn about Thailand's past, forgotten events, customs and habits, some of which have disappeared. On the other hand, the details listed clearly indicate that Thai society and culture have not changed as much during the past century as have European and American ways. The book is illustrated with prints from the 1850s and 1860s.
First English translation from 1871