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Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India 1805–1830, Volume 2, Fire, Spice and Edifice by Marcus Langdon

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

RM 150.00

Drawing on unrivalled access to original correspondence, reports, newspapers and contemporary accounts, Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India presents an in-depth and compelling narrative of a fascinating story. The second of a four-volume series, the focus here is the development of major structures and institutions: Fort Cornwallis, St George’s Church, the Penang Free School, the Public Library and the Spice and Botanic Gardens, and the forces of nature which conspired to thwart the settlement: fire and erosion of the seafront. … Beautifully illustrated with paintings, sketches, engravings and maps – many previously unpublished – this and the accompanying volumes will be the authoritative reference for historians and general readers for generations to come.


Format: Hardcover
Size: 25.4 x 20.6 x 4 cm, xxiv, 576 pp, index, 2.015 kg
Publisher: George Town World Heritage Incorporated, 2015
Language: English
ISBN: 978-967-12281-5-9
Price: RM 150

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Weight 2.015 kg
Dimensions 25.4 × 20.6 × 4 cm

2 reviews for Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India 1805–1830, Volume 2, Fire, Spice and Edifice by Marcus Langdon

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr John Bastin

    ‘This major study of the history of early Penang … is unquestionably one of the most professionally conceived and well-written works published in an area of Malaysian history’.

    Dr John Bastin, Reader Emeritus in the Modern History of South-East Asia in the University of London.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr Ooi Kee Beng

    ‘A magnificently rich tome … Langdon has accomplished a book that any person interested in Penang’s past cannot do without. It is finely produced with an impressive array of illustrations, and is clearly one of the finest books on the first decades of the island’s history’.

    Dr Ooi Kee Beng, Deputy Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.

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