London, South Kensington
23 September 2010
WHITEHEAD, John (1860-1899). Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. London: Gurney and Jackson, 1893. 2° (353 x 255mm). Lithographic hand-coloured frontispiece, 31 lithographic plates (10 hand-coloured), 21 woodcut illustrations in the text. (Occasional light spotting). Original publisher's pictorial green cloth, upper cover and spine blocked in black and gilt, gilt edges (re-cased, hinges repaired and the covers cleaned, extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Owen Rutter (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. 'A narrative of the author's travels in Borneo, Java, Palawan and Balabac Islands, especially of his three efforts (the last one successful) to ascend Mt. Kina Balu. The greater part of the work comprises detailed observations on the natural history, especially ornithology, of the regions visited' (Zimmer p.673); Anker 528; Wood p.626.
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