The desk was probably bought by Yzendoorn (1794 - 1839) in 1819 in Canton, as mentioned in the back of his diary: Te Canton 1819...1 Schrijf Lessenaar $5.
This travelling desk offers a fascinating insight into the life of a ship's surgeon in the early 19th century, as well as forming a very interesting social economic source for this era. The diary includes various lists of belongings, expenses and acquisitions made over a period of five or six years.
Yzendoorn was comissiond as the second surgeon aboard the East Indies Frigate Maas en Rottestroom, on the 26th of Octber 1814. The voyage to Batavia and back took about two and a half years, he was decomissioned from the Maas en Rottestroom on the 29th of May 1817.
Yzendoorn also mentions his exams in his diary, the certificates of these exams are also included in this lot, as are personal letters to his cousin and later wife Johanna Catharina Götte (1793 - 1851).