The History of Java – Raffles, Thomas Stamford


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Vol. I, XLVIII, 479 pp. Vol II, VIII, 288 pp. (3) CCLX (appendices), (3) ads. Complete with ten hand-coloured aquatints by William Daniell and a further fifty-six monograph plates. A large folding map of Java with hand-colouring and another single page map. Half titles present in both volumes. Numerous vignettes in the text. Bound in quarter leather over marbled boards. Gilt titles to the spines and four raised bands. Marbled endpapers with fabric tape reinforcing the gutters and edge wear to the boards. Some scattered foxing to the text and some plates but mostly to the large folding map which is linen backed. A very good, complete first edition set. During the time of the Dutch East India Company many books on the colonial system in Java were in circulation. However very little information regarding Indonesian culture and history was published. The History of Java was one of the first to do this, certainly the most important work on the subject at the time, it remains a landmark publication. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, while serving as Lieutenant-Governor in Indonesia (1811-1815) took a great interest in the local culture. He collected (some say looted) many artefacts and documented the land’s architecture, contemporary life, music, language and culture. His observations during this time are complied in the present two volume work. irst Edition. Condition: Very good. Binding: Hardcover.

Publisher: Black, Parbury, and Allen
Date Published: 1817
Publication Place: London
First Edition: Yes

Condition: Very good.
Binding: Hardcover.

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Weight 5000 g