London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1937 (first edition).
Small quarto, 518,  (publisher's advertisements) pages with a map.
Original green cloth; extremities slightly bumped, marked and rubbed; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper sunned, marked, creased, chipped and torn.
The author's first book. Virginia Thompson Adloff (1903-1990) was an 'author and teacher who wrote extensively on the countries of Southeast Asia and French-speaking Africa [and] wrote under her maiden name ... married to Richard Adloff in 1943[;] together they traveled for four decades and wrote several books on political, economic, social and cultural developments in Asia and Africa and on the islands of the Pacific and the Indian Ocean.' (obituary, 'New York Times'). 'In the nineteenth century that long-isolated penisula was forcibly brough into contact with a great occidental culture. The ensuing interaction and reaction on both peoples and institutions afford a fascinating field of study for students of the expansion of Europe and of the metamorphosis of South Eastern Asia. Though France's 'Balcony on the Pacific' has never played more than a secondary role in Far Eastern affairs, it has served as an experimental laboratory in Asiatic colonization, and has given France a great stake in the future drama of the Pacific.' After World War 2, this region was to fight for its independence, resulting in the Vietnam War.