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Exploring for Gemstones on the Upper Mekong: Northern Siam and Parts of Laos in the Years 1892-1893

Smyth, H. Warington

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ISBN 10: 9748434249 / ISBN 13: 9789748434247
Published by White Lotus Press, 1998
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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xvi, 109 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm, illustrated in b/w map in rear of book. Reprint. Originally published: London : J. Murray for the Royal Geographical Society, 1895. Bookseller Inventory # mc190

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Title: Exploring for Gemstones on the Upper Mekong:...

Publisher: White Lotus Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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This is the account of a six-month journey from Bangkok to Luang Prabang and through Nong Khai and Korat. The author's mission was to explore the regions opposite Chiang Khong, on the left bank of the Mekong, for deposits of rubies and sapphires, Smyth's work was part of a wide assignment to produce an overall survey of the mineral deposits of the kingdom. His geological report is admirably supplemented by his observations on the environment and customs of the peoples he met on his journey. His love of ordinary people, the countryside and jungle life that was both his ordeal and his delight for so many months is demonstrated in the scores of sketches that illustrate the book.

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