- It (Marong Mahawangsa) is a history of Keddah on the Malayan Peninsula and, independently of any intrinsic value which it may possess, it is interesting to the British, since the settlement of Penang and Province Wellesley once formed an integral portion of the country of Keddah.
- The tales contained in this little volume were taken down from the lips of the Malay peasantry in the twilight of their own tropical jungle, during the progress of the Cambridge Expedition of 1899 through the remoter States of the Malay Peninsula.
Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham was an important figure in Southeast Asia at the turn of the century. First posted to Singapore in 1871, his prompt mastery of colloquial Malay served him well throughout his career. In 1896, he became the first Resident General of the Federated Malay States, followed by his appointment as Governor and Commander in Chief of the Straits Settlements. Drawing on twenty-five years experience in Malaya, Swettenhem presents a series of sketches of the lush landscape of Malaya, and observations of the lives, customs, beliefs and superstitions of the locals.
This is a reprint of fables from three volumes - Fables & Folk Tales from an Eastern Forest (1901) by Walter Skeat, as well as Edwin H Gomez’s Seventeen Years Among the Sea Dyaks of Borneo (1911) and Two Dyak Legends (1904). Both Skeat and Gomez were anthropologists of the British colonial period, who brought to a wider reading public home-spun stories that had enthralled many on both the Malay Peninsula and in Borneo.
HRH Sultan Ismail's photographs are famous all over the world except in Malaysia, where we are stuck in protocol. (Singapore would love to grab his portfolio if they had a chance). Most buyers so far have been foreigners. (Japanese top the list.)
HRH Sultan Ismail’s (yes, the same person the famous road in Kl is named after) collection is a gentle reminder of a gentler, kinder, happier time. An absolutely priceless piece of history.MYR50.00