ALSAGOFF, Syed Mohsen
The Alsagoff family in Malaysia : A.H. 1240 (A.D. 1824)-A.H. 1382 (A.D. 1962) : with biographical and contemporary sketches of some members of the Alsagoff family. (Presentation copy)
Singapore : The Author, . Quarto (265 mm), illustrated wrappers (lightly marked, upper wrapper chipped at head of spine and creased at top corner), staple bound; presentation inscription to title ‘With compliments from Dato A. M. Alsagoff 24/4/63‘; pp 50, with numerous b/w photographic illustrations, advertisements; internally very clean and sound.
This well-illustrated publication relates the history of one of Malaysia’s most distinguished and influential families, the Alsagoffs, which began with the arrival in Singapore from Arabia in 1824 of the Hadhrami spice merchant Syed Abdul Rahman Alsagoff (Al-Saggoff).
The author – himself an Alsagoff – devotes individual chapters to the most prominent members of the family in the nineteenth and twentieth century and their many achievements in a wide range of different spheres including commerce, diplomacy, public administration, law, journalism, scouting and physical culture (the author was a pioneer and leading exponent in this field in Malaysia).
Across the decades the Alsagoffs have been counted among the most wealthy and powerful of Singapore’s property barons. Syed Mohamed Alsagoff, for example, was the builder-owner of the iconic Raffles Hotel, which he leased to the Sarkies Brothers. At an early date the family also acquired the “Perseverance Estate”, now considered to be the heart of the Muslim community in Singapore.
Rare. OCLC locates only 3 copies outside Malaysia (University of California, Los Angeles; British Library; Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg, Frankfurt)