6184. Leith on the Prince of Wales Island 1804

PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND. LEITH, GEORGE. A short account of the settlement, produce, and commerce, of Prince of Wales Island in the Straits of Malacca. London (printed for J. Booth, by J. Barfield) 1804.

4:o (about 265x205 mm.). (2), (1)-71, (1 blank) pp.
Contemporary brown mottled calf, worn, gilt border, cracked in the joints, slightly faded gilt spine, small damages at head and foot, bluespeckled edges. Presentation copy, inscribed on first endpaper "Right Honourable Lord Keith... from... The Author". Armorial bookplate of Lord Keith.

Löwendahl, China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1691.
The Chinese inhabitants are described on pp. 25-27.

Provenance: George Keith Elphinstone, 1st Viscount Keith GCB (1746 - 1823) was a British admiral active throughout the Napoleonic Wars.
First edition of an important source on the early history of Prince of Wales Island (Penang) by Sir George Leith, who was nominated Lieutenant Governor of the island and its dependencies in February 1800, and took charge of the Governement on April 20 the following Year.
From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).