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    The History of Sulu. by Saleeby, Najeeb M

    Manila : Bureau of Printing, 1908. First edition, pp.(109)-391, four folding maps, two folding genealogical charts. Division of Ethnology Publications, Volume IV, Part II. A very good copy bound in contemporary cloth, some minor damp staining to lower margin. A history of the Sultanate of Sulu down to the Spanish departure in 1899 based on original documents in the possession of the H.H. the Sultan and other authorities. The history begins with the introduction of Islam, and its establishment in the reign of Abu Bakr. The supremacy of the Sultanate in the archipelago is described, as is its decline in the late nineteenth century. A full genealogy is included. Appendices contain the texts of treaties including that negotiated in May 1849 between James Brooke and the then Sultan of Sulu.


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    £140.00

    The Three White Rajas. By Her Highness The Ranee of Sarawak. by Brooke, Sylvia

    London: Cassell, 1939. First edition pp.xiv, 304, 8 plates. A very good copy in original cloth. A well informed account of the three "White Rajahs" by the Second Ranee, particularly important for details of her husband Sir Charles Vyner Brooke, the Third Rajah.


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    My Life with the Headhunters. by Sargent, Wyn

    London: Arthur Barker. 1974. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 246 pages Female photo-journalist explores the jungles of Central Borneo and describes her contact with Dyak Tribe of Headhunters. . 1st UK Edition. Hardback.


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    £140.00

    A Hero from Zero. The Story of Kleinwort Benson and Mohamed Fayed. by [Brunei]

    London, 1989. First edition, folio, pp.vi, 185, illustrations, wrappers. A very good copy in original wrappers. A privately printed tract attributed to R.W. (Tiny) Rowland, attacking Mohamed Fayed and commenting on the source of funds used to purchase Harrods.


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    Sylvia Queen of the Headhunters. An Eccentric English Woman and Her Lost Kingdom by Eade, Philip

    New York: Picador. 2014. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. Map and family tree to prelims. 362 pages . 1st US Edition. Hardback.


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    Wanderings in the Great Forests of Borneo. Travels and Researches of a Naturalist in Sarawak. by Beccari, Odoardo

    London, 1904. First edition pp.xxiv, 423, 61 illustrations, 3 folding maps. Original cloth, gilt, minor wear to head and tail of spine, pencil annotation on rear end-paper. A very good copy. An important book by one of the great botanical explorers of the nineteenth century. Beccari collected some 800 bird skins including 40 hitherto unrecorded species in Sarawak during 1865-67.


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    Malay Archipelago, or East India Islands by TALLIS, John

    London: Tallis, John, 1851. unbound. very good. RAPKIN, John. Map. Steel engraving with early outline color. Image measures 10.25" x 13.5". This exceptional map of the Malay Peninsula, Southeast Asia and the the East Indies offers both geographical and cultural overviews. It covers from Birma or Burma (Myanmar) and the Andaman Islands eastward to New Guinea and includes the Philippines, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, the Celebes as well part of northern Australia and southern China and Taiwan (Formosa). Singapore is identified. The region is abundantly labeled with the names of cities, rivers, mountains, islands and ancient kingdoms. The decorative vignettes around the map amplify the cultural milieu perceived at the time. These include views of the Victoria Mount, New Guinea, Natives of New Guinea and a view near Sarawak, Borneo. An illustration of a Bee Bear is also included. The whole is surrounded by an ornate border. The map is from R. Montgomery's "Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World." It is in good condition. Minor stains along margins, tight margins. No center fold or crease as is common with this map. John Tallis Jr. (1817-1876) was a London born bookseller who continued the prolific map publishing company started by his father. After a partnership with his brother, Tallis Jr. expanded the business to New York in 1849 as well as Boston, Cincinnati, Rochester, Philadelphia and Baltimore. He is remembered as one of the last decorative map makers, and this lovely map exemplifies his work.


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    £140.00

    The Sarawak Journal. The Organ of the Sarawak Specialists Society. A complete run of ten issues from Volume 40, No.1, Autumn 1986, to Volume 42, No.2, Winter 1989.

    Lancing, West Sussex: The Sarawak Specialists Society, 1986. First edition, 4to, ten issues, each around 40 pages, illustrations. All in very good condition in original wrappers.


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    £525.00

    A Visit to the Indian Archipelago, in H.M. Ship Maeander. With Portions of the Private Journal of Sir James Brooke. With Illustrations by Oswald W. Brierley. by Keppel, Captn. The Hon. Henry

    London: Richard Bentley, 1853. First edition Two volumes, pp.xiv, 301; vii, 286, 8 tinted lithographed plates. A good used set bound in recent quarter calf, marbled boards. Both frontispieces are foxed. The chart of the Indian Archipelago is missing, but a photocopy is loosely inserted.


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    £224.00

    Sarawak; Its Inhabitants and Productions: Being Notes during a Residence in that Country with H.H. the Rajah Brooke. by Low, Hugh

    London: Richard Bentley, 1848. First edition, second issue. pp.xxiv, 416, 7 plates. Original cloth, slightly cocked, spine torn at edge. Light spotting to frontis. Otherwise a very good copy. The second issue, published in the same year as the first, but with the title-page amended from His Excellency Mr Brooke to H.H. The Rajah Brooke, and the order of the illustrations altered to give greater prominence to the view of Brooke's bungalow at Sarawak by placing it as the frontispiece.


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    £1,575.00

    A Sea Dyak dictionary, in alphabetical parts, with examples and quotations shewing the use and meaning of words. by Howell, William, Reverend, & D.J.S. Bailey

    Singapore: American Mission Press, 1900-[1903]. First edition. Four parts bound in one, 8vo (23.5 x 15.5 cm), pp.xi, [1], (1)-83, [1, blank], [2, errata], [ii], (85)-133, [3], [ii], (134)-186, [1, blank], [iv], 24. Each part with separate title-page. A very good copy bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, neatly rebacked. The first substantial dictionary of the dialect spoken by the Iban people of Sarawak, which was published in parts over four years and dedicated to Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak. The first three parts consist of a Sea Dyak to English dictionary. The fourth part adds an appendix of useful information, including units of measurement, money, fines, and vocabulary specific to the home, together with a selection of sayings, stories, and laws. The compilers note that this dialect was a living, spoken language with a strong oral tradition: these stories and sayings were collected in the field, as were the words of the dictionary. The sayings include such pithy gems as "A tiger in the house but a frog in the field." Our copy was presented to the Royal Empire Society by Miss G. Hose. We are unsure whether she was a relation of George Frederick Hose (1838-1922), Archbishop of Singapore, Labuan, and Sarawak, and a founding member of the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, or Charles Hose (1863-1929), author of numerous works on the peoples of Sarawak. The former seems more likely, as the Archbishop is thanked for his assistance in the preface.


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    $225.00

    The Island of Borneo. Celebes, and the Molucca Islands by WELLER, Edward

    London: Blackie & Son, 1859. unbound. Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Sheet measures 21.25 x 14.75 This beautifully detailed map essentially features two maps on a single sheet. Published by Blackie and Sons in 1859, the left side of the sheet depicts the island of Borneo, while the right hand side of the sheet features the Celebes or Sulawesi Island along with the Moluccas or Maluku Islands. The maps are exceptionally detailed with numbers place names, rivers, mountains and smaller islands labeled. Elevation is rendered by hachure. At the time, the region was controlled mainly by the Dutch, who traded in the various spices found here. Published in "Blackie and Son's Imperial Atlas". The map is in good condition with minor wear along the original centerfold and minimal foxing. Edward Weller (d. 1884) was a prolific publisher and engraver based in London. Edward Weller (d. 1884) was a prolific publisher, cartographer and engraver based in London.


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    £183.75

    A Journey Up the Baram River to Mount Dulit and the Highlands of Borneo. by Hose, Charles

    London: Royal Geographical Society, 1893. First edition, pp.(193)-208, large folding colour map (of Baram District). An extract from The Geographical Journal, No.3, Vol.I. Disbound from larger volume. Clean and in very good condition.. An interesting account of Hose's trip which he described to the Royal Geographical Society on January 16th, 1893. The map, on a scale of 1 inch to 9.45 miles, is probably the first detailed map of the Baram District.


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    £194.25

    My Life in Sarawak. By the Ranee of Sarawak. Preface by Sir Frank Swettenham. by Brooke, Margaret

    London: Methuen, 1913. First edition pp.xxvii, 320, 27 illustrations, end-paper map. A very good copy in original cloth, minor wear to head of spine. An informed account of life in Sarawak at the beginning of the century.


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    £682.50

    The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters. Its Festivals and Folk-Lore. by Furness, William Henry

    Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott, 1902. First edition pp.xi, 197, 88 fine plates. One of 500 copies only issued. A very good copy in the original gilt-decorated cloth. Stitching weak as usual. Crease to spine. Furness spent most of his time in Borneo among the Kayans and Kenyahs of the Baram District of Sarawak. He devotes chapters to their home life, ceremonies, early head-hunter training, war expeditions, peace-making, personal embellishment, taboo and tuba fishing, and also has a chapter on the Punan.


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    £560.00

    Narrative of Events in Borneo and Celebes, down to the Occupation of Labuan: From the Journals of James Brooke, Esq. Rajah of Sarawak, and Governor of Labuan. Together with a Narrative of the Operations of H.M.S. Iris. by Mundy, Captain Rodney

    London: John Murray, 1848. First edition, two volumes, pp.xvii, [1], 385; xi, 395, 18 plates, of which 6 are lithographs, 5 folding maps, one in colour. A good/very good, sound set bound in original red cloth, gilt. Recased, endpapers renewed, and rebacked in cloth, retaining the original spine's cloth on first volume. Internally clean. Mundy, a naval officer, formed a friendship with James Brooke when ordered in HMS Iris to assist him in suppressing piracy. He arrived in Sarawak in June 1846 with a copy of Keppel's "The Expedition to Borneo of HMS Dido..." which had just been published. Almost immediately he accompanied Brooke and Admiral Cochrane in the attack on Brunei the following month, remaining until September when he returned to Sarawak. In December 1846 Captain Mundy returned to Brunei to secure the signature of the Sultan to the Treaty ceding Labuan to Britain. He later took possession of the Island and established the Colony there. Mundy's original intention in writing this had been to refer to James Brooke's Journal of events on the Borneo coast post-dating Keppel's work. But he decided to include earlier material from the Journals as well as from his own experiences as a leading participant. This book provides a full and vivid account of both the destruction of pirates and of the several actions to force the submission of the Sultan of Brunei. In addition it gives a clear indication of James Brooke's actions and motives during this crucial period, derived from his own words written at the time. It is thus of prime historical importance in tracing the course of events and the reactions of the participants at this crucial time.


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    £1,260.00

    Adventures among the Dyaks of Borneo. by Boyle, Frederick

    London: Hurst and Blackett, 1865. pp.xii, 324, frontispiece. Bound in early twentieth century half calf, spine rubbed. Title and frontis lightly spotted. Inner hinges strained. Otherwise a very good copy. Frederick Boyle, 1841-1914, was a prominent traveller and newspaper correspondent who published a number of books on his travels in the second half of the nineteenth century. "Adventures among the Dyaks of Borneo," his first book, was written after a journey undertaken with his brother Arthur when he was only 22. Boyle travelled extensively in Sarawak in 1863. He provides an informed view of the personalities of members of the Government in the later years of James Brooke's reign, together with a comprehensive description of Dayak life at the time. This is one of the scarcest of the nineteenth century books on Sarawak.


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    £224.00

    Sarawak; Its Inhabitants and Productions: Being Notes during a Residence in that Country with His Excellency Mr. Brooke. by Low, Hugh

    London: Richard Bentley, 1848. First edition, first issue. pp.xxiv, 416, 7 plates. Original cloth stained and torn on spine. Frontis spotted. Otherwise a very good copy. A comprehensive account of Sarawak, its various peoples, and their way of life, mostly drawn from first hand observation, with descriptions of Brunei, both Court and town, and Labuan. This was the first definitive work on the country, and in many respects, the best book on Sarawak before the advent of the modern age. Low served James Brooke for over two years, travelling extensively throughout Sarawak and coming to know more of it than any of his contemporaries. He wrote this book while acting as Colonial Secretary to the Government in Labuan.


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    £367.50

    Borneo. Katalog des Ethnographischen Reichmuseums. by Juynboll, Dr. H.H

    Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1910. First edition Two volumes, pp.xxxiii, 353, xvi, 428, 24 plates, 4 in colour, text illustrations. Text in German. A very good set in original wrappers. Wrappers of volume 1 partially detached. A highly detailed and scholarly catalogue of the thousands of ethnographic objects from all parts of Borneo in the collections of the Leiden Museum.


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    £140.00

    Native Affairs Bulletin. No.2. Tuaran Adat. Some Customs of the Dusuns of Tuaran, West Coast Residency, North Borneo. No.4. Dusun Adat. Customs Regulating Inheritance amongst the Dusun Tribes in the Coastal Plains of Putatan and Papar. No.5. Dusun Adat. Some Customs of the Dusuns of Tambunan and Ranau, West Coast Residency, North Borneo. No.6. Kwijau Adat. Customs Regulating Inheritance amongst the Kwijau Tribe of the Interior. by Woolley, G.C. (Compiler)

    Jesselton: Government Printing Department, 1953. Reprint Four volumes, pp.v, 39; v, 21; v, 21; 9. Very good copies in original wrappers. First published between 1935-37 these Bulletins were reprinted after the Second World War. The Compiler was a member of the North Borneo Civil Service and an amateur ethnologist who took a particular interest in the tribes of the interior.


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    £367.50

    Sarawak; Its inhabitants and productions: being notes during a residence in that country with H.H. the Rajah Brooke. by Low, Hugh

    London: Richard Bentley, 1848. First edition, second issue, pp.xxiv, 416, 7 plates. A very good copy bound in contemporary half calf, marbled boards. The second issue, published in the same year as the first, but with the title-page amended to read H.H. The Rajah Brooke, and the order of the illustrations altered to give greater prominence to the view of Brooke's bungalow at Sarawak by placing it as the frontispiece.


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    £375.20

    The Head-Hunters of Borneo: A Narrative of Travel up the Mahakkam and down the Barito; also, Journeyings in Sumatra. by Bock, Carl

    London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington., 1882. Second Edition, pp.xvi, 344, 30 lithograph plates, 28 in colour, folding map. A good copy in the original decorated cloth. Inner hinges shaken, spine rubbed. Carl Bock was a Norwegian naturalist and explorer. Following a successful collecting expedition to Sumatra he was commissioned by the Dutch Governor-General to organize an expedition to the interior of south-eastern Borneo, to report on the country and its inhabitants, and to collect natural history specimens. Bock spent six months in Borneo, travelling up the Mahakam river and down the Barito. Although his purpose was scientific research he allowed his book to be influenced by the popular prejudices of his day, with dramatic tales of bloodthirsty Dayaks, and cannibalism. Despite this it contains a wealth of information on the Sultan of Kotei and on Dayak life and customs. The twenty-eight fine colour plates are perhaps the best produced of Dayaks, their tattoo and ornament, their houses and artefacts.


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    £404.25

    Adventures of a Naval Officer. Edited by Sir Spenser St. John. by Hunter, Charles

    London: Digby, Long & Co., 1905. First edition pp.283. A very good copy in original cloth. Slightly cocked. Ostensibly written as a romanticised biography of Captain Hunter, covering his exploits in the Malay archipelago, but, according to Graham Irwin in 'Nineteenth Century Borneo', actually written by Spencer St. John. An Editor's note states "Those who lived in the Malay Archipelago between 1840 and 1860, will readily recall most of the incidents related in this book, as they were well known, and are not the imaginings of a romantic fancy".


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    £207.20

    Sylvia of Sarawak. An Autobiography by H.H. The Ranee of Sarawak. by Brooke, Sylvia

    London: Hutchinson, 1936. First edition, pp.282, 44 illustrations. A very good copy in original cloth.


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