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Borneo and the Indian Archipelago, with drawings of costume and scenery

London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1848.
Hill (2004) 1088; Howes M299; Abbey Travel 549;
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1848.

Large 8vo signed in fours (11 x 7 3/8 inches). Half-title. Coloured lithographic frontispiece and additional title and 20 coloured or tinted plates, 37 woodcut illustrations (some full-page). Original red cloth, blocked in gilt and blind, expertly re-backed with original spine laid down, endpapers replaced. Edges uncut. Provenance: James Hall (Greenside, armorial bookplate). FIRST EDITION of this lively account of the voyage of H.M.S. Samarang under the command of Sir Edward Belcher (1799-1877), H.M.S. Samarang was dispatched to the Far East by the British government "to survey approaches to ports laid open by the new treaty with China" (Hill p.37). Belcher was not a popular captain, the author appears to have left the Navy after his experiences on board the Samarang and he is certainly scathing in his condemnation of Belcher's leadership of the expedition. The author was the youngest son of the author Captain Frederick Marryat, and in addition to the lively lithographs and wood-engravings, writes in an interesting and informed fashion about Singapore, Borneo, Macao, the Philippines, the Celebes, the Moluccas, Formosa, the Ryukyu Islands, Quelpart Island, Hong Kong and Japan. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. Chinese Joss House. 2. Lithograph title-page. Bornese Vessel. 3. Loondoo Dyak (N.W. Coat of Borneo). 4. River Sarawack & Town of Kuchin (Borneo). 5. Keeney-Ballo (Oosokan Bay, Borneo). 6. Serebis Dyak (N.W. Coast of Borneo). 7. Saghai Dyak (S.E. Coast of Borneo). 8. War Dance of the Dyaks. 9. Malay Chief (Sooloo). 10. Bruni (Borneo Proper). 11. Court of the Sultan of Borneo (Signing the Treaty with England). 12. West Point. Hong Kong. 13. View on the Island of Poo-Too (Near Chusan). 14. Chinese Joss-House at Ningpo. 15. Quelpartians. 16. Mandarin of Quelpart (Corea). 17. Japanese. 18. Natives of Luzon. 19. View in Samboangan. 20. Illanoan Pirate (Tampassook, Borneo). 21. Dusum (N. Coast of Borneo). 22. Port Louis (Mauritius).