Wanderings in the Great Forests of Borneo. Travels and Researches of a Naturalist in Sarawak - Odoardo Beccari, F. H. H. Guillemard (editor) 1904 - Archibald Constable & Co Ltd, London - First Edition in English An exceptionally clean and sharp copy of this important work by one of the great botanical explorers and naturalists of the nineteenth century, containing three folding maps and illustrated throughout with 61 black and white photographs, sketches and diagrams.

Odoardo Beccari (1843-1920), an orphan from Florence, studied at the universities in Pisa and Bologna, and after graduating spent a few months at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he met Charles Darwin, William and Joseph Hooker, and James Brooke, the first Rajah of Sarawak. The latter connection lead to him spending three years from 1865 to 1868 undertaking research in Sarawak, Brunei and other islands off present-day Malaysia and New Guinea. He made a second trip to New Guinea, this time with ornithologist Luigi Maria d'Albertis, in 1872, collecting many zoological specimens, especially birds of paradise, and ethnographic materials.
  Provenance: Charles Barrett (1879-1959), Australian naturalist, author and journalist, with his contemporary signature dated 6/4/1909. Later owner Dr. E. B. Wolfenden, who was with The Geological Survey Department, British Territories in Borneo (1956-65), and authored a number of books and papers relating to Borneo.

References: Hill. Cordier,
Indosinica.

Octavo (book size 23 x 15.8 cm) pp. xxiv 424. Pagination includes plates. In publisher’s blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, gilt blocked illustration to front board, top edge gilt others untrimmed.
  Condition: Near fine, faint foxing to outer edges of endpapers, light wear to edges, corners and spine ends, 4mm spot of wear to spine.   Ref: 109268   Price: HK$ 8,500