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First and only edition of a description of Bali

LAUTS, Ulrich Gerard.
Het eiland Balie en de Balienezen.
Amsterdam, G.J.A. Beijerinck, 1848. 8vo. With lithographed title-page and a folding lithographed map of the island Bali. Contemporary dark green half cloth. [2], VIII, 285, [1 blank] pp.
€ 3,500
First and only edition of a description of the Indonesian island Bali and its people by Ulrich Gerard Lauts (1787-1865), a professor at the Royal Maritime Institute at Medemblik in the Netherlands. Without ever having set foot in the Dutch East Indies he wrote this book on Bali, which contains a general description of the island, its political system, the status of women, slavery, trade, customs (including the smoking of opium), religion, etc., and describes the relation with the Dutch from their first arrival in 1597 to 1848. The account was written when the Dutch were encountering difficulties with the virtually still independent local Balinese princes and rajahs.
The three supplements contain details on the trade and shipping between Java and Bali in the years 1837-1846, a manifest for the Rajah of Beliling, a description of the state of the Dutch colonial army on Bali in 1846 and an official account of the expedition to Bali in 1848.
With a faint catalogue number and a library stamp. Browned throughout, with some spots, some wormholes throughout with loss of a few letters, two marginal tears along the folds of the map. Binding rubbed along the extremities. A fair copy. Tiele, Bibl. 646; for the author: NNBW VIII, cols. 1014-1016.
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