A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: Including an account of Magindano, Sooloo, and other Islands… performed in the Tartar galley, belonging to the honourable East India Company…. Thomas FORREST.
A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: Including an account of Magindano, Sooloo, and other Islands… performed in the Tartar galley, belonging to the honourable East India Company…
A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: Including an account of Magindano, Sooloo, and other Islands… performed in the Tartar galley, belonging to the honourable East India Company…
A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: Including an account of Magindano, Sooloo, and other Islands… performed in the Tartar galley, belonging to the honourable East India Company…
A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: Including an account of Magindano, Sooloo, and other Islands… performed in the Tartar galley, belonging to the honourable East India Company…
A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: Including an account of Magindano, Sooloo, and other Islands… performed in the Tartar galley, belonging to the honourable East India Company…

A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan…
A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: Including an account of Magindano, Sooloo, and other Islands… performed in the Tartar galley, belonging to the honourable East India Company…

London: G. Scott, 1779.

Quarto, with a portrait and a splendid series of 32 plates and maps, most of them folding or double-page; a large copy with good marginsin contemporary sprinkled calf.

Significant English voyage to New Guinea

First edition: a handsome copy of this classic account of experiences in New Guinea and the East Indies.

First edition: a handsome copy of this classic account of experiences in New Guinea and the East Indies.
Forrest was involved in the 1770 settlement of Balambangan, a colonising project based on recommendations by Alexander Dalrymple; from 1774 he was in the service of the East India Company, who wanted to extend their sources of trade in the direction of New Guinea. Along with two English officers and a crew of eighteen Malays Forrest pushed the exploration as far as Geelvink Bay in New Guinea. Here he gives the details of his 'journey of exploration from 1774-1776, on behalf of the East India Company, to western New Guinea (now the Indonesian province of West Papua). The Company traveled in search of spices beyond the Molucca Islands, which were then claimed by the Dutch. Forrest's travels took him from the north coast of Borneo, through the Moluccas, to New Guinea, and then to Mindanao, the southernmost island of the Philippines. His detailed observations lack the moral judgments found in so many other European accounts of the time…' (Cornell University, Treasures of the Asia Collections - online resource).
The numerous maps and coastal profiles published here show the detailed observations that Forrest was making on this voyage 'of examination and inquiry rather than of discovery' (Hill). There is some discussion, in the Introduction and elsewhere, of the voyages of Schouten and Le Maire, Dampier and Tasman. A wonderfully purple dedication on the first of the topographical views is worth quoting in full: 'In Testimony of Esteem & Regard to Joseph Banks Esq; President of the Royal Society, Who thirsting after Knowledge, left the Enjoyment of Opulence and Ease, to sail round the World'.
This fine copy of the book has the bookplate of George Leaton of Hoppyland Park (the location of a great 19th century adultery scandal). It later belonged to the Australian collector Sir Rupert Clarke and has his bookplate and ink ownership stamps.

Hill, 623.

Price (AUD): $4,250.00  other currencies     Ref: #4106060

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