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The Malayan Trilogy - Anthony Burgess

1956 - Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto - First Editions
‘East? They wouldn’t know the bloody East if they saw it. Not if you was to hand it to them on a plate would they know it was the East. That’s where the East is, there.’

A bright, handsome set of Anthony Burgess’ Malayan Trilogy, set in post-war Malaya during the upheaval of independence, and based on Burgess’ own experiences as an officer in the Colonial Service. Sweetly satirising the twilight days of colonialism, the novels follow Victor Crabbe, a well-meaning but ineffectual Englishman, as he ventures through the tropics, attempting to teach the Malays what the West can do for them.
 
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Among Primitive Peoples in Borneo - Ivor H. N. Evans

1922 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia - First Edition
A scarce and considered one of the best, early works on the tribes of Northern Borneo [Sabah]

With 21 black and white photographic plates and folding map.
 
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The Handbook of Sarawak. Comprising historical, statistical and general information concerning the Colony obtained from official and other reliable sources and compiled - B. A. St. J. Hepburn

1949 - Printed for the Government of Sarawak, Singapore - First Edition
Produced shortly becoming a British Crown Colony, after the cessation of the Brooke dynastic administration, this is a detailed and profusely illustrated work, with photographic plates combined with many fascinating pages of local advertisements. To the rear there is a large [75 x 71 cm] folding map of Sarawak [Sarawak Series 7, First Edition, Nov. 1949]. 
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The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido - Captain the Hon. Henry Keppel

1846 - Chapman and Hall, London - Second Edition
Keppel and Brooke, a friendship that united two of the most accomplished, unorthodox, and tactically brilliant mariners to Command, or in Brooke’s case ‘Commandeer’ the British navy around the ‘pirate’ infested waters of Borneo in the mid 19th century.

Two volumes, profusely illustrated with lithographed frontispiece, nine tinted lithographic plates, three folding engraved plans, three folding engraved maps, and a folding table. Published in the same year as the first but with a large additional appendix and many revisions.

The first volume concerns itself with Brooke's exploits in Sarawak from 1838-42, prior to his meeting with Keppel. Brooke attempted to open Borneo for foreign trade and tried to pacify the tribes. As a reward for success in the latter endeavour, he was given his title in 1841. Volume two recounts the military exploits of Brooke, Keppel, and Sir Edward Belcher, who occasionally came to Keppel's aid; gives a geographical overview of Borneo; and includes accounts of the Dyaks, the aboriginal Bornean tribes.
 
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The Game Animals of India, Burma, Malaya, and Tibet. - R. Lydekker, J. G. Dollman

1924 - Rowland Ward, London - Second and Best Edition Revised by J. G. Dollman
The definitive work on the big game species of South Asia, Lydekker describes in detail the natural history and habitat of game types. He also includes numerous sporting vignettes and observations culled from the writings of sportsmen of the era.

Nine full page plates, four folding plates, and fifty seven text illustrations many full page.
 
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A Dictionary of the Malayan Language - William Marsden

1812 - printed for the author by Cox and Baylis, London - First Edition
A good copy of this somewhat scarce dictionary, with interesting provenance, formerly owned by Jonas Daniel Vaughan [1825-1891] a prominent lawyer in Singapore, he also ‘found the task of compiling a supplement to the Malay-English dictionary to be too complex’ [Sutherland] but there are numerous pencil notes and marginalia here.

‘While in Sumatra Marsden developed an academic interest in the Malay language and related tongues that was to last the whole of his life. He published both a dictionary and a grammar of the Malay language in 1812. These were his most significant and enduring linguistic works. Marsden’s original intention had been to publish the grammar and the dictionary as one volume. However, he was persuaded to publish them separately because ‘
however convenient such an arrangement might prove to the private student, it must be otherwise in places of public education, where their separate use ... would be considered as indispensable.’

The dictionary, in particular, broke new ground in terms of methodology. Unlike many previous dictionaries and word lists, Marsden used Arabic characters for the Malay words and arranged the entries following the alphabetical order of the Arabic characters. Another innovation is the inclusion of examples of phrases from native sources, many of which were taken from manuscripts in his collection.’ - King’s College London,
The Marsden Collection. 
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The History of Java - Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles

1817 - Printed for Black, London - First Edition, Large Paper Copy
A beautiful set of this landmark work, in stunning contemporary presentation full calf bindings. One of only 250 ‘large paper’ copies, printed on Balston’s superior paper. These copies were printed first and the impressions of the coloured plates are in an exceptionally bright state.

‘In 1817 appeared the monumental work of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. He was interested in every aspect of his subject, and devotes whole sections to Javan ethics, literature, poetry, music and musical instruments, drama, games of skill and methods of hunting, besides the more ordinary matters of interest, population, natural history, religion, antiquities, and the military system. At the end of the second volume a hundred and fifty pages are given up to the comparative vocabularies of Java and the neighbouring islands, and the whole is a unique monument erected by a great ruler to those over whom he rules, and incidentally, to his own honour, stands very high in its own class and the aquatint plates are full of interest’ - Prideaux.

‘The marriage of a scientifically original text with beautiful illustrations by an accomplished aquatint engraver resulted in a book about Indonesia of outstanding quality; indeed a masterpiece.’ - Bastin and Brommer.

Those illustrations include a large folding engraved
Map of Java outlined in colour, ten finely hand coloured aquatint costume plates engraved by William Daniell who visited the island in 1785 and 1793, two soft-ground etched frontispieces, nine engraved vignettes, and fifty six black and white plates which include one map, seven of temples (one of which is double page), two musical scores, ten of alphabets and inscriptions, one folding statistical table, eight of weapons and tools, two of musical instruments and masks, and twenty five others. 
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Pagan Races of the Malay Peninsula - Walter William Skeat, Charles Otto Blagden

1906 - Macmillan & Co., London - First Edition
A large and comprehensive two volume ethnographic study on the manners, customs, religion, and language of the peoples of the Malay Peninsula.

Profusely illustrated. Skeats adds a bibliography of most of the early literature, consisting of mainly travelogues and reports by colonial administrators and a few scholarly journal articles.

‘Skeat went to much trouble to obtain a large and comprehensive collection of photographs for use as illustrations, which are an excellent record of aboriginal life in his time. He also wrote an Introduction entitled '
Environment', which is a first-rate description of the Malayan jungle and its flora and fauna as a habitat, and he also included a bibliography which, among other things, takes in the work of continental scholars of his day on Malayan aborigines.’ - [J.M. Gullick, The Skeat Collection, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford] 
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