Lot 39
  • 39

Belcher, Sir Edward

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1,200 - 1,500 GBP
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Description

  • Narrative of the Voyage of H.M.S. Samarang, during the years 1843-46; employed surveying the Islands of the Eastern Archipelago. London: Reeve, Benham, and Reeve, 1848
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FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes, 8vo (218 x 135mm.), 5 maps (3 folding), 30 lithographed plates (frontispiece in vol.2 on india paper, 9 tinted), contemporary full brown polished calf, gilt, marbled edges, repairs to some maps, a few plates trimmed affecting imprint, without half-titles, advertisements, and blank in volume one (pp.xxiii-xxiv), small hole to upper cover of vol. 1

Provenance

John Clerk Brodie, bookplate

Literature

Abbey, Travel 528; Hill (2004) 105; Löwendahl 1079

Catalogue Note

A SURVEY OF THE TREATY PORTS. “The determination of the British government to survey the approaches to ports laid open by the new treaty with China led to this expedition. Extensive accounts are given of Singapore, Borneo, Hong Kong, Macao, the Philippine Islands, Celebes, the Moluccas, Formosa, the Ryukyu Islands, Quelpert Island of Korea, and Japan” (Hill).
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