The Kingdom of Siam
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Originally published in Paris and Amsterdam in 1691 as Du royaume du Siam, de La Loubère's description of 17th century Siamese civilization is comprehensive, well-organized, and extremely accurate. Although he served as a French diplomat in Siam for only four months, in 1687, de La Loubère's accounts of physical geography, manners and customs, social and administrative structure, and religion remain useful today for our understanding of Thai culture and society. His careful observations, intelligent use of the accounts of others, and objectivity make this book universally regarded as the finest work on 17th century Thailand.

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Monsieur de La Loubère. A New Historical Relation of the Kingdom of Siam. London: Printed by F. L. for Tho. Horne, 1693. Gift of Charles Wason.
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