Burma Past and Present with Personal Reminiscences of the Country - Lieut.-Gen. Albert Fytche, late Chief Commissioner of British Burma 1878 - C. Kegan Paul and Co., London - First Edition Written in the form of an autobiography, the work gives much information of early British-Burmese relations. The author served as Chief Commissioner of British Burma from 1867 to 1871.

Two volumes, beautifully illustrated with ten colour chromolithographic plates, two engraved portraits, five engraved plates, one plate of Burmese Writing, two in-text engravings, and a large colour engraved folding ‘
Map of Burma and Adjacent Countries with Routes of Various Explorers by Lieut. General Albert Fytche’ [68.5 x 42 cm], and additional contemporary colour map of ‘Farther India’ tipped in at rear of volume II.
  Lord Tennyson’s cousin Lieutenant-General Albert Fytche served as Chief Commissioner of the British Crown Colony of Burma from 1867 to 1871, and this work provides a valuable record of early British-Burmese relations, with considerable information on the British administration, including transcripts of important official documents from the period in the appendices. He devotes much attention to the Burmese people as he observed them in his travels and official duties, describing their customs, Buddhism, costume, language, literature, legal systems, and the role of women. In addition to lovely landscapes, hunting illustrations, natives in costume and the interior of a Buddhist monastery, the fine color-printed plates include one of the orchid Dendrobium Fytchianum, discovered by Fytche author and named after him, and another of the Mountain Bamboo Partridge, Bambusicola Fytchii, also named after him.

Included amongst the fine colour plates are the mountain bamboo partridge: 'Bambusicola Fytchii', and the orchid 'Dendbrobium Fytchianum', both named after Fytche himself. One of the most attractive of the small-flowered Dendrobium, this orchid is found in Burma and Malaysia where it grows on trees at elevations of 50 to 600 meters, it is used in the cut-flower trade due to the longevity of the flowers.

Fytche's experiences of Burma and its people are followed by seven official reports and memorandum at the end of volume two, including accounts of a military expedition into the hill country, a Mission to Mandalay, and a Letter of Apology from the Emperor of China (with regard to the murder of a British subject).

References: Cordier,
Bibliotheca Indosinica 5. Herbert, Burma 192.
pp. xiv [2] 355 [1]; viii [2] 348. One of several variant bindings - Green cloth spine decorated and titled in gilt, front panel bordered in black, with gilt coat of arms, black endpapers, (encountered both without ads, and with 30 numbered pages of publishers ads and one unnumbered page of ads). Other variants include gilt titles and decoration to spine, black decoration to front and rear boards, and gilt depiction of a heron in flight to the front boards, yellow endpapers. And, dark green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, panels bind embossed. Neither of the last two variants have stated they include publishers ads.
  Condition: Fine with the exception of evidence of removed bookplates from the front pastedowns.   Ref: 108695   Price: HK$ 15,000