by Etienne Aymonier
Publication: Leroux Editeurs, Paris - Google Books
Language : French
Seminal essay on Cambodia, the land, its people and its history. Then director of the Ecole Coloniale, Etienne Aymonier was the first to give an overview of the Angkor rediscovery in the 1800s. His collection of Angkorian sculptures and bas-reliefs mouldings was a central piece in the founding of Musee Guimet in Paris.
About the Author
Étienne François Aymonier (1844 –1929), French linguist and explorer, was the first archaeologist to systematically survey the ruins of the Khmer empire in today's Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and southern Vietnam. His principal work is "Le Cambodge", published in three volumes from 1900 to 1904.
First director of the École Coloniale, he assembled a large collection of Khmer sculpture later housed in the Guimet Museum, Paris. He is also the author of a dictionary of the Cham language.