Memoir of the Life and Public Services of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles


Publisher: London : J. Murray
$259.00

This title is part of Robert Yeo’s First Editions, it was published in 1991.

The historical reputation of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, owes more to his second wife, Sophia Raffles, than to any other person. After his death in 1826, she not only had erected in Westminister Abbey a life-size marble statue of him surmounting a pedestal detailing his notable achievements in Indonesia and Malaysia, but she also financed the publication in 1830 of her monumental Memoir of his life, which she had spent four years in writing. Published as a large quarto volume of nearly 850 pages, the book at once established Raffles’s public reputation as one of the most liberal and enlightened of all British governors in the East. It was warmly praised by reviewers when it was first published, and it still remains the standard work, although now a very expensive one.

Lady Raffles’s Memoir traces Raffles’s remarkable career from its humble beginnings as a junior clerk in the East India Company’s offices in London, to his becoming Lieutanent-Governor of Java and its dependencies during the Napoleonic Wars, and of West Sumatra during 1818–24, when he founded Singapore and laid down the regulations for its government.

Illustrated with four uncoloured aquatints of Java by William Daniell, a large folding uncoloured aquatint of Singapore (one of the earliest views of the settlement), four charts and maps, as well as other illustrations, this handsome volume is now reprinted with a long Introduction by John Bastin giving a detailed account of Lady Raffles’s problems in writing the book, and of her negotiations with John Murray to have it published. This new edition also contains the only known portrait of Lady Raffles, taken from a miniature executed in 1817 at the time of her marriage to Raffles.

ISBN: 0195889975
Cover Type: Hardcover
Page Count: 870
Year Published: 1991
Language: English

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