Life in the Forests of the Far East. Spenser ST. JOHN.
Life in the Forests of the Far East

Life in the Forests of the Far East

Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press, 1974. Oxford in Asia Historical Reprints. Complete in two volumes, hardcover octavo (22.5 x 14.5cm), pp. Vol I: xix, [1], 400, [2, blank] + 10 colour plates and two black and white maps, Vol II: xviii, [2], 420, [4] + six colour plates and one black and white map; green cloth covered boards with lettering in gilt on the spine; green endpapers; green pictorial dust wrapper.

Vol 1: Head of spine lightly pushed; bottom corners gently bruised; faint dust toning to top edge of boards and text block; text block a touch yellowed with minor foxing; pages clean and bright with very occasional minor spots; spine of dust wrapper a touch sunned, light curling to top edge and faint scuffing to wraps. Two previous ownership signatures at the half title.

Vol 2: Head and tail of spine lightly pushed; 2 x 2mm and 10 x 5mm white abrasions to the top of the spine; corners gently bruised; faint dust toning to top edge of boards and text block, 15mm white abrasion next to the spine at the top edge of the front board; text block a touch yellowed with minor foxing, 15 x 7mm insect mark on the bottom edge; pages clean and bright with very occasional minor spots; plate facing page 70 is loose; spine of dust wrapper a touch sunned, light curling to top edge and faint scuffing to wraps. Item #1251

From the inside flap of the dust wrapper,

"Ranking in the same class as Alfred Russel Wallace's The Malay Archipelago, Life in the Forests of the Far East is about what later became the States of Sarawak and Sabah (which now compose East Malaysia) and Brunei. Although much of the book is about forests and exciting journeys undertaken, the more generalized chapters on the Land and Sea Dayaks, on Sarawak under James Brooke, on the Chinese 'insurrection' against the Brooke Raj are, today of equal, if not greater, interest.

Spenser St. John was trusted by both the Brookes and the Bruneis and, at the same time, by the British Government. He spent thirteen years in north and west Borneo and this book, first published in 1862, constantly shows his balance and fairmindedness. As a live, strong, unsilent traveller, a man of great talent yet without arrogance the author survives on these pages with a strangely pleasing strenght."

Price: $85.00

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