Borneo and the Indian Archipelago. With Drawings of Costume and Scenery - Frank S. Marryat 1848 - Longman, London - First Edition A superbly illustrated work on Indonesia, and Rajah Brooke, with additional detail on Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.

Illustrations include a chromolithographed colour frontispiece and additional title, twenty tinted lithographic plates, and thirty-seven woodcuts. Many of Marryat’s expertly lithographed drawings represent the earliest ethnographical records of life in Borneo and the Indian Archipelago

Frank Marryat served as a Midshipman on board the H.M.S. Samarang on a surveying expedition to the Indian Archipelago, 1843-1846, cut short in consequence, as Mr. Marryat infers, of the ill-conditioned behaviour and unpopularity of her captain, Sir Edward Belcher.
  Hill [489] notes that ‘interesting information is given in this book on Singapore, Macao, and the Philippines’.

No provenance indicated, but early hand-written
Short Index bound in at rear and pencil notes, are intriguing.

References: Abbey Travel 549. Howes M229. Hill 1088.
4to. (28 x 19 cm) pp. viii 232 [2 inserted hand-written ‘
Short Index’]. Bound with half title.
Neatly rebacked using original cloth boards, cloth re-laid over matching new cloth, new endpapers.
  Condition: Very good, wear to corners, and light soiling to boards, small water stain to 1cm x 3cm wide of upper edge of last few plates not affecting illustrations, one or two spots, generally internally a nice clean copy. Pencil markings and one or two pencil marginalia, can be removed, but prefer to leave as may be linked to additional hand-written ‘Short Index’ bound in at rear.   Ref: 106258   Price: HK$ 21,000