A Narrative of the Mission Sent by the Governor-General of India to the Court of Ava in 1855, with Notices of the Country, Government, and People


Date: 1858



In December 1852, at the conclusion of the second Anglo-Burmese War, the British annexed the southern and coastal regions of Burma (known as Lower Burma).

Pagan Min, and later his brother Mindon Min, continued to rule Upper Burma. In 1855, Arthur Phayre, the British commissioner for the annexed territories, visited the court of Ava in Upper Burma as part of an effort to improve relations with Mindon.

Henry Yule was secretary to Phayre and accompanied him on the mission. This work, written by Yule, is a modified version of the mission's report, based on Phayre's journals and Yule's own observations and impressions.

The work includes detailed maps and drawings, and remains an extraordinarily valuable source for the study of the history, geography, arts, religion, and culture of Burma. A long chapter is devoted to the ruins of the ancient city of Bagan (then known as Pagan) and its temples, as they were found by the mission in 1855.

391 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 centimeters

1. Title Page
10. N.E. View of Guadapalen Temple at Pagan
11. Architectural Details of Remains at Pagan
12. View of Part of the Small Temple called Sem-Bvo-Koo at Pagan
13. S.E. View of Dhamayangyee Temple at Pagan
14. Waterpots for the Travellers Refreshment, a Burmese Charity
15. Horse and Foot Soldiers with Dragon Temple in the Background
16. The Audience Hall amd Reception of the Envoy
17. The Hairy Woman
18. The Palace at Amarapoor with the White Elephant
19. Colossal Guatama
2. The King
20. Carved Work of One of the Royal Monasteries
21. Specimens of Humourous Bas-Reliefs on the Pavement of a Monastery at Amarapoora
22. Map showing relative positions of Amarapoor, Tsagain and Ava from a Survey by Major Grant Allan
23. View of the Great Pagoda at Mengoon as Shattered by the Earthquake of 1839
24. View of the Myit-Nge or Little River and part of the Valley of the Irawadee from the Mountain called Mya Liet
25. [King List]
26. Heads of Burmese Notables
27. An Attempt to Represent the Historical Geography of the Burmese Countries at Several Epochs
28. Portraits of Two Talain Young Ladies Daughters of the Native Judge of Prome
29. View of the Shwe Dagon or Great Pagoda of Rangoon
3. The Burmese Drama
30. Plan of the Irawadee River from Amarapura to Tsampenago
31. This New Map of Burma and the Regions Adjacent is Inscribed to Sir Roderick I. Murchison
4. View of the Oil Wells at Yenangyoung
5. Elevation of the Ananda Temple at Pagan
6. Section of the Ananda Temple at Pagan
7. Elevation of Thapinyu Temple at Pagan
8. Section of Thapinyu Temple at Pagan
9. Ground Plan of Three Temples at Pagan

Publisher: London : Smith, Elder and Co.




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ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-05-02

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A Narrative of the Mission to the Court of Ava - This New Map of Burma and the Regions Adjacent is Inscribed to Sir Roderick I. Murchison (1858)

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