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Extraordinary Hardships and Adventures of Captain Woodard... Including their Escape from the Malays - William Vaughn, Captain David Woodard

1808 Circa - Printed for Thomas Tegg, London - First Edition Thus
A rare little account, with folding frontispiece engraving depicting Woodard dramatically ‘defending himself from the Treachery of the Malays’. Woodard had sailed in the American ship Enterprise from Batavia (Jakarta) bound for Manila. He and five companions were sent off in small boat to purchase provisions, but found themselves cut off by a storm, finally landing at Celebes where one of them, Archibald Millar, was killed in a fight with the local Malays. Imprisoned by their captors, they finally escaped with the help of a Muslim priest, and made their way back to Batavia. Woodard later recounted the story to William Vaughn who wrote this account. 
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In the Nicobar Islands - George Whitehead

1924 - Seeley, London - First Edition
‘A full, clear and sympathetic description of the inhabitants, and of their life and customs. The book makes pleasant reading and offers much interesting material to the ethnographer and the folklorist; the pictures are very good and sometimes quite amusing, and the general value of the work is considerably enhanced by the extensive foreword by Sir Richard Temple.’ - Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, April 1924.

Comprehensive and well written account of the isolated Nicobar Islands in the Andaman sea, an Indian territory 1,300 km from India, and 150 km north of Sumatra. Illustrated with 20 full page black and white photographic plates and a map.
 
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Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo - John Whitehead

1893 - Gurney and Jackson, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy of this stunningly illustrated and unsurpassed large folio containing 32 lithographed plates, comprising 11 natural history plates, hand-coloured and heightened with gum arabic, and 21 tinted lithographed views and ethnographic subjects, and with map and an additional 21 woodcut illustrations in the text.

The detailed narrative of John Whitehead's (1860-1899) travels from October 1884 to August 1888 in Borneo, Java, Palawan and Balabac Islands, especially of his three efforts (the last one successful) to ascend Mt. Kina Balu. He brought back examples of many new animals, including no fewer than forty-five new species of birds. The author's primary interest was ornithology, but he also provides much information on head-hunting, religion and custom of the peoples of the region. Besides visiting North Borneo he spent several months in Java and Palawan, and made an expedition into the state of Malacca.
 
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