BOWERS (ALEXANDER) Bowers' personal notebook relating to Siam; with other items
Lot 110
BOWERS (ALEXANDER) Bowers' personal notebook relating to Siam; with other items
£400 - 600
US$ 650 - 970

Lot Details
BOWERS (ALEXANDER)
Bowers' personal notebook relating to Siam, containing detailed observations on experiences, events and trade, notes on language (such as a list of the numbers in Siamese), lists of expenditure on food and services etc., contemporary calf, metal clasp, 32mo, [c.1879-1881]; Certificate of Competency as Master [in the Merchant Service], issued to Alexander Bowers by the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade, printed on vellum and completed in manuscript, Greenock, 1871; 'In Memoriam. Captain Alex. Bowers, R.N.R., F.R.G.S. Mergui, 14th April 1887', printed tribute giving details of Bowers' achievements and final days in Burma, 4 pages, 8vo, Mergui, 1887; long letter giving news of Bowers' death and an account of his career, requesting that the Government grant an annuity to Bowers' widow and children, and giving the names of referees (including Col. Fitche and Sir Edward Sladen), 6 pages, 8vo, [1887]; and a newspaper account of Sladen's knighthood

Footnotes

  • This and following lots relate to 'Birdie' Bowers's father, Captain Bowers, whose career path was followed by 'Birdie'. Edward Sladen had led the Bhamo expedition, and in his day was sufficiently famous to have a Royal Indian Marine ship named after him - one in which 'Birdie' was to serve.
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