9 December 2020
Captain Sir Edward Belcher (1799-1877)
Voyage of H.M.S. Samarang. 1848
BELCHER, Captain Sir Edward (1799-1877). Narrative of the Voyage of H.M.S. Samarang, during the years 1843-46; employed surveying the islands of the eastern archipelago ... with Notes on the Natural History of the Islands by Arthur Adams. London: Reeve, Benham, and Reeve, 1848.
An important 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). Abbey, Travel 528; Hill 105; Löwendahl 1079.
2 volumes, octavo (224 x 141mm). Half-titles. 3 folding engraved maps in pocket, 2 further maps, 30 lithographic plates of which 9 tinted, the frontispiece to vol.2 printed on india paper and mounted (T7 in vol. 2 with short marginal tear, some faint spotting to endpapers and to a few adjacent leaves at beginning and end of volumes). Contemporary half calf over marbled paper-covered boards by J. Carss of Glasgow with their ticket (extremities faintly rubbed). Provenance: Campbell of Stonefield (armorial bookplates).
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