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Author: La Loubère, Simon de, 1642-1729.
Title: A new historical relation of the kingdom of Siam by Monsieur De La Loubere ... ; done out of French, by A.P. Gen. R.S.S.
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2011-04 (EEBO-TCP Phase 2).
Series: Early English books online text creation partnership. Navigations series.

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Print source: A new historical relation of the kingdom of Siam by Monsieur De La Loubere ... ; done out of French, by A.P. Gen. R.S.S.
La Loubère, Simon de, 1642-1729., A. P.

London: Printed by F.L for Tho. Horne ... Francis Saunders ... and Tho. Bennet ..., 1693.
Alternate titles: Du royaume de Siam. English

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A TABLE OF THE CHAPTERS. The Occasion and Design of this Work.
PART I. Of the Country of Siam.
PART II. Of the Manners of the Siameses in general.
PART III. Of the Manners of the Siameses according to their several Conditions.
PART I. Of the Country of Siam.
CHAP. I. The Geographical Description.
CHAP. II. A Continuation of the Geographical Description of the King∣dom of Siam, with an Account of its Metropolis.
CHAP. III. Concerning the History and Origine of the Siameses.
CHAP. IV. Of the Productions of Siam, and first of the Woods or Trees.
CHAP. V. Concerning the Mines of Siam.
CHAP. VI. Of the cultivated Lands, and their Fertility.
CHAP. VII. Of the Grain of Siam.
CHAP. VIII. Of the Husbandry, and the difference of the Seasons.
CHAP. IX. Of the Gardens of the Siameses, and occasionally of their Liquors.
PART II. Of the Manners of the Siameses in general.
CHAP. I. Of the Habit and Meen of the Siameses.
CHAP. II. Of the Houses of the Siameses, and of their Architecture in Publick Buildings.
CHAP. III. Of the Furniture of the Siameses.
CHAP. IV. Concerning the Table of the Siameses.
CHAP. V. Concerning the Carriages and Equipage of the Siameses, in general.
CHAP. VI. Concerning the Shows, and other Diversions of the Siameses.
CHAP. VII. Concerning the Marriage and Divorce of the Siameses.
CHAP. VIII. Of the Education of the Siamese Children, and first of their Civility.
CHAP. IX. Of the Studies of the Siameses.
CHAP. X. What the Siameses do know in Medicine and Chymistry.
CHAP. XI. What the Siameses do know of the Mathematics.
CHAP. XII. Concerning Musick, and the Exercises of the Body.
CHAP. XIII. Of the Arts exercised by the Siameses.
CHAP. XIV. Of the Traffic amongst the Siameses.
CHAP. XV. A Character of the Siameses in general.
PART III. Of the Manners of the Siameses, according to their several Conditions.
CHAP. I. Of the several Conditions among the Siameses.
CHAP. II. Of the Siamese People.
CHAP. III. Of the Officers of the Kingdom of Siam in general.
CHAP. IV. Concerning the Offices of Judicatory.
CHAP. V. Of the Judiciary Stile and Form of Pleading.
CHAP. VI. The Functions of the Governor and Judge in the Me∣tropolis.
CHAP. VII. Of the State Officers, and particularly of the Tchacry, Calla-hom, and of the General of the Elephants.
CHAP. VIII. Concerning the Art of War amongst the Siameses, and of their Forces by Sea and Land.
CHAP. IX. Of the Barcalon, and of the Revenues.
CHAP. X. Of the Royal Seal, and of the Maha Obarat.
CHAP. XI. Of the Palace, and of the King of Siam's Guards.
CHAP. XII. Of the Officers which nearest approach the King of Siam's Person.
CHAP. XIII. Of the Women of the Palace, and of the Officers of the Wardrobe.
CHAP. XIV. Of the Customs of the Court of Siam, and of the Policy of its Kings.
CHAP. XV. Concerning the Form of Embassies at Siam.
CHAP. XVI. Of the Foreigners of different Nations fled to, and setled at Siam.
CHAP. XVII. Of the Talapoins, and their Convents.
CHAP. XVIII. Of the Election of the Superior, and of the Reception of the Talapoins and Talapoinesses.
CHAP. XIX. Concerning the Doctrine of the Talapoins.
CHAP. XX. Of the Burials of the Chineses and Siameses.
CHAP. XXI. Of the Principles of the Indian Morals.
CHAP. XXII. Of the Supream Felicity, and Extream Infelicity amongst the Siameses.
CHAP. XXIII. Concerning the Origine of the Talapoins, and of their Opinions.
CHAP. XXIV. Of the Fabulous Stories which the Talapoins and their Bre∣thren have framed on their Doctrine.
CHAP. XXV. Diverse Observations to be made in preaching the Gospel to the Orientals.
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A TABLE OF THE PIECES contained in this VOLUME.
THE LIFE OF THEVETAT, Translated from the Balie.
An Explication of the Patimouc, or Text of the Vinac.
The Principal Maxims of the Talapoins of Siam, translated from the Siamese.
An Account of the Charges of Justice, translated out of the Siamese.
Concerning the Measures, Weights and Moneys of Siam.
A List of the Moveables, Arms, and Habits of the Siameses, and of the Parts of their Houses.
The Names of the Days of the Months and of the Years of the Siameses.
Of the Monsons and Tides of the Gulph of Siam.
A Description of the principal Fruits of Siam.
Of the Siamese and Balie Languages.
Of the first Siamese Alphabet.
Of the second Siamese Alphabet.
Of the third Siamese Alphabet.
Of a fourth Siamese Alphabet, which I have not graved.
Of the Balie Alphabets.
Of the Siamese Cyphers.
Of the Pronouns of the First Person.
Of the Pronouns of the Second and Third Persons.
Of the Particles which supply the place of Conjugations.
Of the Construction.
The Pater Noster, and Ave Maria in Siamese, with an Interlineary Translation.
The Ave Maria.
A Smoaking Instrument made use of by the Moors, which are at Siam.
The Chess-Play of the Chineses.
The Abacus, or Counting-Table of the Chineses.
Of the Cape of Good-Hope.
Rules of the Siamese Astronomy, for calculating the Moti∣ons of the Sun and Moon, translated from the Siamese, and since examined and explained by M. Cassini, a Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences.
Concerning the Astronomical Epocha of this Method.
Rules to find the place of the Sun and Moon at the time of any Person's Birth.
Reflexions upon the Indian Rules.
I. Of the particular Epocha's of the Indian Method.
II. The Determination of the Astronomical Epocha of the In∣dian Method.
III. Of the Civil Epocha of the Siameses.
IV. The Method of comparing the Siamese dates to the Indian Rules.
EXAMPLE for the I. DATE.
By the Rules of the I. Section.
By the Rules of the II. Section.
V. The Terms of the first Months of the Julian Years.
VI. Divers Sorts of Solar Years according to the Indian Rules.
VII. The Determination of the Magnitude of the two sorts of Indian Years.
VIII. The Antiquity of these two sorts of Indian years.
IX. The Epocha of the Synodical solar years of the Indians
Of the Indian Period of the 19 years.
Of the Indian Epacts.
XII. A Correction of the lunar Months, and of the solar Sy∣nodical years of the Indians.
XIII. The difference between the solar Synodical, and the Tropical years of the Indians.
XIV. An Examination of the great lunisolar period of the Indians.
XV. The great lunisolar Equinoxial period, conformable to the preceding corrections.
XVI. A Modern Epocha of the New Moons, extracted from the Indian Epocha.
XVII. Modern Epocha's of the Apogaeum, and Node of the Moon.
XVIII. An Epocha of the new Moons near the Apogaeum, and the Nodes of the Moon, and the middle Equinox of the Spring.
XIX. An Ancient Astronomical Epocha of the Indians.
XX. The Relation of the Synodical years of the Indians, to those of the Cycle of the Chineses of 60 Years.
XXI. A Composition of the lunisolar Periods.
XXII. Lunisolar Periods composed of whole Ages.
XXIII. An Astronomical Epocha of the years of Jesus Christ.
XXIV. The Epocha of the Ecclesiastical Equinoxes, and of the vulgar Cycle of the Golden number.
XXV. The solar Gregorian Period of 400 years.
XXVI. The Rule of the Gregorian Epacts.
XXVII. A new lunisolar and Paschal Period.
The Problem of the Magical Squares according to the In∣dians.
Preparation to the Demonstration.
That this Method cannot agree to even Squares.
Of the Diameters of the unequal Magical Squares.
Methods of varying the Magical Squares by Bachet's Square augmented.
Preparation to the Demonstration.
Of the Diameters.
Another way of varying the Magical Squares.
An Illustration of the Indian Method.
Of the Indian Method of the Even Squares.
The Care of the Manners amongst the Chineses, and of the Antiquities of their History.
Reflexions on the Chinese Chronology, by Mon∣sieur Cassini.
I. The System of the Chineses.
II. Doubts upon the Chinese Chronology.
III. An ancient Observation of the meeting of the Planets in the Constellation Xe.
IV. Of the Chinese Constellations.
V. The Method of terminating the Chinese Constellations at any time.
VI. A Determination of the time of the meeting of the five Planets in the Constellation Xe.
VII. An Ancient Observation of a Winter Solstice made at China.
Concerning the Isle Taprobane, by Monsieur Cassini.
The Lords Prayer and the Ave Mary in Siamese, with the Interlineary Translation, to be inserted in Page 180.