The Falcon of Siam - Axel AylwenLondon: Methuen, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “This is a story of Siam — the Venice of the East, fabled land of lavish courts and dazzling wealth, a worldly Eden where innocent sensuality and exquisite power games have long coexisted in ancient harmony. But in the final years of the seventeenth century, the age-old kingdom of Siam is forced to emerge from its traditional isolation as foreign adventurers, opportunists and buccaneers approach, hungry for wealth and empire.
Into this fabulous world of intrigue strides Constantine Phaulkon: trader, smuggler, cavalier and rogue. Working ostensibly for the British East India company, Phaulkon has in reality devoted his skills as linguist and diplomat to his true purpose — his own destined link with Siam and its all-powerful monarch, King Narai.
The Falcon of Siam is a tale of piracy and war, of history and opportunity, and of one man’s love for two women. Set against a background of unrivalled beauty and fascination, here is a novel to entrance the reader, an adventure story in the grand tradition.”