Item #5000341 A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: including an Account of Magindano, Sooloo, and other Islands… performed in the Tartar Galley…. Thomas FORREST.

A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas
A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: including an Account of Magindano, Sooloo, and other Islands… performed in the Tartar Galley…

London: Printed by G. Scott, and sold by J. Robson [etc.], 1779.

Quarto, with 28 (of 31) engraved maps and plates, many double-page or folding; modern half calf.

From Balambangan to Geelvink Bay

Forrest's classic account of experiences in New Guinea and the East Indies. Forrest was involved in the 1770 settlement of Balambangan, which was 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. Forrest - with two English officers and a crew of eighteen Malays - 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 travelled 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).

Forrest's classic account of experiences in New Guinea and the East Indies. Forrest was involved in the 1770 settlement of Balambangan, which was 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. Forrest - with two English officers and a crew of eighteen Malays - 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 travelled 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).

Hill, 623.

Condition Report: Missing three of the engravings (13, 16 and 26); staining or browning to many of the 28 maps and plates present.

Price (AUD): $1,800.00

US$1,168.26   Other currencies

Ref: #5000341

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