Zoological Researches in Java

Zoological Researches in Java

Code: 10138

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Zoological Researches in Java, and the Neighbouring Islands,

FIRST EDITION, 32 coloured illustrations of Mammals, 32 coloured illustrations of Birds and 8 plain plates, thk. 4to, contemporary half black morocco, front and back boards faded. Nissen IVB 453 Nissen IVB 453; Anker 212; Fine Bird Books p.82. Wood, p.389 Horsfield served under the Dutch in Java and Sumatra in 1799 and, when the English took temporary possession of the Malayan colonies in 1811, he transferred his services to the British. He was dispatched by Sir Stamford Raffles to the smaller island of Banca to observe its natural history, finally leaving the East Indies in 1819 after nearly twenty years of service. Upon his return, Horsfield was appointed keeper of the museum of the East India Company in Leadenhall Street; and the present work is dedicated to the Directors of the East India Company, and remains one of the most important descriptions of the zoology of the area. Twenty-two drawings for the mammals were executed by William Daniell. An important work containing several species of animals previously unknown to Zoologists.