7 - 8 April 2004
WILKINSON, George. Sketches of Chinese Customs & Manners, In 1811-12, taken on the spot;... during A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, Pulo Penang, China, Canton, Whampoa, and Saint Helena: with some account of The Ladrones. Bath: Printed by J. Browne, 1814. 8° (226 x 140mm). Etched frontispiece portrait and one plate. Modern red Levant morocco gilt, gilt edges. FIRST EDITION. Lust 387. Cordier 2107.
John ANDERSON. Mission to the East Coast of Sumatra, in 1823, under the direction of the Government of Prince of Wales Island... Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1826. 8° (218 x 138mm). 8 engraved plates and 4 folding maps. (Some browning). Modern morocco. SCARCE FIRST EDITION and early account of the Bataks of Sumatra.
Lieut. Richard BLAKENEY. The Journal of an Oriental Voyage, in His Majesty's Ship Africaine. London: Simpkin Marshall, 1841. 8° (200 x 120mm). Lithographic frontispiece and 3 plates. Original ribbed green cloth gilt, (recased with original endpapers). FIRST EDITIONof the naval voyage to Prince of Wales Island and Indonesia.
Silas JAMES. A Narrative of a Voyage to Arabia, India, &c. Containing,... A Description of Saldanha Bay:... the Natives of Arabia Felix; the Manners and Customs of the People of Hindoston; of the Island of Madagascar, and other parts beyond the Cape of Good Hope... London: Printed for the Author, 1797. 8° (195 x 125mm). Engraved portrait. Later half calf gilt. FIRST EDITION. Cox I, p. 307. (4)
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