• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 148

    RAFFLES, Thomas Stamford (1781-1826). The History of Java. London: John Murray, 1830. 2 volumes 8o (220 x 141 mm). Contemporary red cloth (rebacked). Second Edition, first issue, one of the most important books on Java to this day. Published with the assistance of Lady Raffles and abridged, in an edition of probably less than 1500 copies. Bastin & Brommer pp.5-7, notes 80-90.

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    RAFFLES, Thomas Stamford (1781-1826). The History of Java. London: John Murray, 1830. 2 volumes 8o (220 x 141 mm). Contemporary red cloth (rebacked). Second Edition, first issue, one of the most important books on Java to this day. Published with the assistance of Lady Raffles and abridged, in an edition of probably less than 1500 copies. Bastin & Brommer pp.5-7, notes 80-90.

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    RAFFLES, Thomas Stamford. Antiquarian, Architectural, and Landscape Illustrations of the History of Java ... with a large map of Java and its dependencies, and several interesting plates now first published. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1844. 4o (325 x 256 mm). Folding engraved map, 92 engraved or aquatint plates (10 hand-colored, one folding). Contemporary red cloth, uniform with the above second edition (rebacked). THE SCARCE ATLAS VOLUME to accompany the second edition text, with 22 additional plates, mainly of Javanese antiquities and including double-page plates of the Hindu temples at Brambanan (sic) and Boro Bodor (sic), and the first edition vignettes printed separately. John Walker's 1817 map and the original engravings are printed from the first edition plates. The work was advertised by John Murray in 1830 and the plates most likely printed then, but of 96 plates advertised only 92 were published, ultimately by Bohn in 1844 in an edition of probably 900 copies only. See Abbey Travel 554; Bastin & Brommer pp.5-7, notes 80-90, 109.


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