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CAMPBELL, Donald Maclaine.

Java: Past & Present.

A description of the most beautiful country in the world, its ancient history, people, antiquities, and products.

Published: London: William Heinemann, 1915

Stock code: 112161

Price: £600

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First edition, first impression of this handsomely produced work. Campbell had been vice-consul of Java and a partner in the firm of Maclaine Watson, who had been trading in Java since 1837. With a Javanese provenance, ownership inscription at head of title pages: “C. R. McCubbin, 34 Embong Kenongo, Saerabaya [Surabaya]” and with scattered oval library stamps (mainly on verso of plates). Titlepage of volume II with ownership inscription of Hubert Duck who, in the Preface to volume I (p. xii), receives the author’s thanks for “assistance in various ways”.

2 volumes, tall octavo (248 x 151 mm). Recent red half calf, decorative gilt spines, blue and green morocco twin labels, red cloth sides. Title pages printed in reddish-brown and black, numerous monochrome half-tone plates, folding coloured map of Java. Embossed address stamps at head of preliminary leaves in both volumes. A good set handsomely bound.

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