Lot 59 of 312:
Voyages of the Dutch Brig of War Dourga, 1840  

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$300 - $500

Title:
Voyages of the Dutch Brig of War Dourga, Through the Southern and Little-Known Parts of the Moluccan Archipelago, and Along the Previously Unknown Southern Coast of New Guinea, Performed During the Years 1825 & 1826
Author:
Kolff, Dirk Hendrik
Place:
London
Publisher:
James Madden & Co.
Date:
1840
Description:

xxiv, 365 pp. Translated by George Windsor Earl. Map frontispiece, folding map plate. (8vo) recased in brown buckram with original spine label affixed, endpapers renewed. First Edition in English.

"In 1824 small British settlements were formed at Melville Island and at Raffles Bay, with the object of opening up trade with the Arru (Aroe) Islands. The vessels which went out with this object in view were seized by the natives and their crews massacred. The Dutch government then decided to investigate the locality, resulting in this voyage. Kolff wrote of explorations made in the Molucca and Java Seas to Timor, the Serawatti Islands, Lakor Island, the Arru Islands, the Tanimbar Islands, and New Guinea. The first edition, in Dutch, was published in 1828." -Hill 941.

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Condition:
Some bubbling under cloth, slight lean to spine; light offsetting and foxing; overall very good.
 
Item number:
306584
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