Introduction to the collection
there is some repetition in the Jumaud documents' but
please read them as you will see he changes the name of
the person who obtained the Birmans.
Having been given
permission to publish an English Edition of the book the
Secrets of the Sacred Cat of Burma I was always
intrigued by the list of publications containing Birman
Information. I wondered how many were still available
and so began the quest try to obtain those I could. The
internet these days is a valuable tool for researching
all manner of things and so the quest began.
I did research for the
Theses written by Jumaud in 1925 and found two copies
one held at Harvard University and the other in the
University of Utrecht. Surely there would not be one
available elsewhere but with luck I found one in an
antiquarian book shop in France. It was in uncut
condition so unfortunately to be able to read the
content I had to cut open the pages to produce the
My thirst grew and I
began searching for La Vie A La Campagne 1927 again I
I typed in more
searches and came across more books and magazines.
Finding Son Altesse le Chat was a real problem because
I only had a date and year to go by. It took the
purchase of four volumes (48 bound copies of the
magazine) of La Campagne before I was able to track this
copy down. However all the volumes are really
interesting if anyone is interested in life in the
1920's French interior design, farming methods,
cooking, Chateau interiors, Dog and Cat breeds and
a lot more besides.
Other books were
tracked down eventually from different sources including
EBay. Almost everything was written in French and so
began the long process of translation. To ensure they
were correct I had them done again professionally by a
The copies of the
Missions of Auguste Pavie have come from Thailand . The
5 volumes for Gazateers for Upper Burma 1900 were found
on line. as was the India Office List.
I do have later books
about Birmans but these don't reveal any new information
and so I think we have here the most precise
information there is to be gained.
are still copies of THE SECRETS OF THE SACRED CAT OF
BURMA book available from