SUMATRA -- MARSDEN, W. The history of Sumatra, containing an account of the government, laws, customs, and manners of the native inhabitants, with a description of the natural productions, and a relation of the ancient political state of that island. 3rd ed. Lond., 1811. viii, 479, (1 blank), (8) pp. W. lge-fold. map & 28 engr. views/plates. Lge-4°. Cont. cf., uncut (Joints split, extremities worn/dam., (blind)stamps on ti., blank upper outer corner of ti. cut off, some marg. tears to large map, some foxing at the beginning).Third enlarged edition (but the first illustrated with engravings!) of one of the first monographs on the island Sumatra (in the former Dutch East Indies) by the English Orientalist William Marsden (1754-1836). The first edition was publ. in 1783. "This book gave Marsden a reputation that still holds today. He was an orientalist, in the service of the East India Company, and resided in Sumatra in 1771-79. He studied everything that came under his notice, including the difficult Sumatran tongue [..]" (Cox). - Cox I, p. 300; Rouffaer/Muller p. 17.
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