Pearls and Pearling Life
Pearls and Pearling Life.
FIRST EDITION, 9 chromolithographed and tinted lithographed plates, one folding lithographed map, illustrations, contemporary tree calf gilt, 8vo, George Bell, 1886
Streeter was a very successful London jeweller. An international dealer and something of a buccaneer. Streeter outfitted his own pearling schooner, the Shree-Pas-Sair and he, himself sailed on her and engaged in pearling in the Sulu Archipelago in the early 1880s. This is the same Streeter who put together the syndicate that successfully bid against the Rothschild’s to lease the ruby mines of Mogok after the British conquest of upper Burma in 1855. What is particularly interesting is Streeter's first person account of the Sulu islands and of the amusing adventures of his agent during Streeter's attempt to corner the Ceylon market by buying the entire output of shell, from a harvest off the N. W. coast of Ceylon in 1880.