SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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BOCK, Carl.
The Head-Hunters of Borneo: A Narrative of Travel up the Makhakkam and down the Barito...

London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881.
Bobins 282.
London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881.

Large octavo, modern full brown calf with raised bands, gilt to spine, red leather title label, marbled endpapers. Expert marginal repairs to several leaves. Good condition. FIRST EDITION with 29 brilliantly coloured chromolithographic plates, and 7 engravings. This account of Bock expeditions includes sections on the Dyak tribes and their habits and customs, surroundings, local wildlife and hunting, and an account of the author's experiences in Sumatra. Coloured plates in order: [Map] South East Borneo. 1. On a Head Hunting Tour. 2. Palace of the Sultan of Koetei. 3. Dwelling among tombs. 4. Architecture at Tangaroeng. 5. A Chief of the Forest People. 6. Tattoo Marks & Sirah Basket (5 figs). 7. The Forest People: Mother & Maid. 8. Wild people at home. 9. Poonan Woman. 10. Rajah Dinda's family sepulchre. 11. The village of Long-Wai. 12. A Long Wahou Warrior. 13. Two of my followers / Mans coiffure of Longbleh. 14. Sulau Landang; A full-dress portrait. 15. Tring Dyak's War Dance. 16. Sibau Mobang, Chief of the Cannibals. 17. Dyak Chief lying in state. 18. Crossing the River Benangan. 19. Hetdung, my favourite Dyak boy. 20. Dyak boy at home. 21. Long-Wai Dyak in War Costume. 22. A Tring Priestess. 23. Tattooed Woman of Long-Wai. 24. The Belle of Long-Wai. 25. Poonan from north of Long Wahou / Human Trophies / Festive Mask. 26. Mausoleum of Rajah Sinen's family. 27. Dyal idols & charms (9 figs). 28. Orang-Bukkit from Amontai / Long-Wai Woman returning home. 29. A Malay Bride, the Honeymoon.