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. Lieutenant D. H. KOLFF.
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.

Voyages of the Dutch Brig of War Dourga, Through the Southern and Little-Known Parts of the Moluccan…
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.

London: James Madden and Co., 1840.

Octavo, two maps; in nineteenth century polished full black calf.

Tribal cultures of the Moluccas

A last gasp of Dutch interest in the seas off the northern coast of Australia, translated and published by George Windsor Earl, (?1813-1865) an important figure in the repeated attempts to settle the north coasts of Australia. Kolff's book includes two good maps of coastal Australia and the islands to the north.

A last gasp of Dutch interest in the seas off the northern coast of Australia, translated and published by George Windsor Earl, (?1813-1865) an important figure in the repeated attempts to settle the north coasts of Australia. Kolff's book includes two good maps of coastal Australia and the islands to the north.

'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).

Although written with the expected reservations of a Dutch naval officer, Kolff's account nonetheless describes indigenous island cultures of the Moluccas in some detail, recording life-world's now long since past.

Ferguson, 3016; Hill, 941.

Condition Report: Moderate offsetting affects the title-page, otherwise a very nice copy, joints expertly repaired retaining original backstrip.

Price (AUD): $900.00

US$663.07   Other currencies

Ref: #4106129

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