The Eastern Archipelago. A description of the scenery, animal and vegetable life, people, and physical wonders of the islands in the Eastern Seas.

London: T. Nelson & Sons, 1880.

8vo (180 x 120 mm), pp. xii, 576; wood-engraved frontispiece, 33 wood-engraved plates, illustrations and map in the text; occasional spotting or light marking, l. 12/1 detached; contemporary black morocco with Cunard Steam Ship Company stamp in gilt on front and back covers; extremities a little rubbed.


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First edition. A travel guide to south-east Asia by Adams (1828-1891), which endeavours to ‘supply the reader with a comprehensive and accurate description of the islands of the Eastern Archipelago . . . . If the reader should feel, as we have felt, the charm of the virgin forests of Borneo, of the rich vegetation of the “Land of Fire”, of the valleys and woods of Sumatra, of the beautiful landscapes of Celebes and Gilolo, of the island-haunts of the birds of paradise, or of the romantic coast of New Guinea, he will not turn from our pages dissatisfied’ (p. vi).

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