The Eastern Seas, or Voyages and Adventures in the Indian Archipelago in 1832-33-34, comprising a Tour of the Island of Java - Visits to Borneo, the Malay Peninsula, Siam, &c.; also an Account of the Present State of Singapore with Observations on the Commercial Resources of the Archipelago - George Windsor Earl 1837 - Wm. H. Allen and Co., London - First Edition A very important association copy, with the signature of Margaret, Lady Brooke. Earl was a strong admirer of Raffles, who had died in 1826’ and Earl’s book ‘greatly impressed James Brooke, who was also an admirer of Raffles and his writings’. Brooke’s prospectus for his voyage to Singapore and then Borneo (published in October 1938), reflected the influence of Earl’s book.

An entertaining and insightful work, with extensive chapters on Indonesia, Borneo, Malaysia, and Singapore, as well as a lengthy treatise in the Appendix titled ‘
Observations on the Commercial Resources of the Indian Archipelago’. Illustrated with four folding maps.

Brooke encouraged the work of Wallace, whose ‘
Wallace Line’, showing the boundary between Asian and Australian faunal regions, was critical to Wallace and Darwin’s evolutionary theory. But the ‘Line’ had been earlier presented to the Royal Geographical Society by Earl in 1845, and Wallace acknowledged that ‘Earl believed that there had been a former connection between Asia and Australia’. Darwin also wrote to Wallace, after reading a draft of his paper on Malay zoogeography, to ask: ‘Are you aware that Mr. W. Earl published several years ago the view of distribution of animals in Malay Archipelago in relation to the depth of the sea between the islands?’.
  George Windsor Earl (1813-1865) was an English navigator and author of works on the Indian Archipelago. He coined the term 'Indu-nesian', later popularised and adopted as the name for Indonesia. ‘Because of his linguistic abilities Earl was employed on various expeditions to the South Pacific. This lengthy journey started in Western Australia and from there he sailed through the East Indies to Singapore’ [Hill].

Provenance: Margaret, Lady Brooke, The Ranee of Sarawak (1849 - 1936) was queen-consort of the second White Rajah of Sarawak, Charles Anthony Johnson Brooke. With her signature to the front pastedown. Later from the library of Swedish bibliographer and antiquarian book dealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).

References: Hill 528. Cordier,
Indosinica 1462. Smith, Missionaries, mariners, and merchants: overlooked British travellers to West Borneo in the early nineteenth century.

Octavo pp. xii 461 [1] [2 publisher’s advertisements]. 4 folding engraved maps. In contemporary brown paper boards, neatly rebacked with cream cloth, retaining original paper spine label.
  Condition: Very good, rebacked in beige cloth, retaining original paper spine label and boards, internally near fine, light foxing to front endpaper and map.   Ref: 106871   Price: HK$ 9,000