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Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo - John Whitehead

1893 - Gurney and Jackson, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy of this stunningly illustrated and unsurpassed large folio containing 32 lithographed plates, comprising 11 natural history plates, hand-coloured and heightened with gum arabic, and 21 tinted lithographed views and ethnographic subjects, and with map and an additional 21 woodcut illustrations in the text.

The detailed narrative of John Whitehead's (1860-1899) travels from October 1884 to August 1888 in Borneo, Java, Palawan and Balabac Islands, especially of his three efforts (the last one successful) to ascend Mt. Kina Balu. He brought back examples of many new animals, including no fewer than forty-five new species of birds. The author's primary interest was ornithology, but he also provides much information on head-hunting, religion and custom of the peoples of the region. Besides visiting North Borneo he spent several months in Java and Palawan, and made an expedition into the state of Malacca.
 
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A Naturalist in Western China - Ernest Henry Wilson

1913 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - First Edition
‘Ernest Henry Wilson (1876–1930) was introduced to China in 1899 when, as a promising young botanist, he was sent there by horticulturalist Henry Veitch (1840–1924) to collect the seed of the handkerchief tree, Davidia involucrata, for propagation in Britain. Subsequent trips saw Wilson bringing back hundreds of seed samples and plant collections, introducing many Chinese plants to Europe and North America.

Although much of the text is concerned with plant life, Wilson also gives a great deal of attention to the wider landscape around him. In addition, Wilson took a camera, and these volumes contain photographs of parts of China rarely seen by Europeans in the early twentieth century. In Volume 1 he discusses his journey through China and in Volume 2 describes the Chinese use of plants in medicine and agriculture.’ -
Cambridge University Press.

A superb two volume set of the first edition, profusely illustrated throughout, with 101 black and white plates, mostly form photographs, and a large folding map in volume II after page 210.
 
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Famous Racing Men, with Anecdotes and Portraits - with - Tales of the Turf and the Chase - “Thormanby”

1882 - James Hogg, London - First Editions
Two books bound into one, amusing encounters with the great characters of equestrian England in the 1800's.

With portraits and illustrations by Randolph Caldecott. Fabulous ad to rear with a sketch of a London Banker.

Includes the anecdote
Half an Hour with a Sporting Prophet 
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Price HK$ 1,800



 
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