Narrative of the voyage of H.M.S. Samarang,
during the years 1843-46; employed surveying the islands of the eastern archipelago; accompanied by a brief vocabulary of the principal languages. With notes on the natural history of the islands, by Arthur Adams. London. Reeve, Benham, and Reeve, 1848,
First edition. Two volumes, 8vo, pp.xxxix, [i, list of illustrations], 358, [2, blank], [10, publisher's advertisements]; [ii], 574, [2, appendix, errata]; frontispieces (1 tinted), 20 plates, 8 tinted plates, 5 charts (3 folding in the front pocket). Original cloth, gilt and blind stamp decoration on boards and spines. Spines sunned, and very lightly worn at head. A very good set. Armorial bookplate of Sir A. Berkeley Milne on front pastedown in volume 2, 'From the author' presentation inscription on the title-page of volume 1.
The Samarang under the command of Captain Belcher was instructed to survey the off-lying islands of the Eastern Archipelago "including all that are comprehended within the limits of 50' N., and 10' S. Latitude, and as far as 175' of E. Longitude". She reached Singapore on the 19th of June 1843 and shortly after was grounded in the Sarawak river. On the 15th September she reached Hong Kong and commenced a detailed survey of the offshore islands. Belcher returned to Sarawak in August 1844 in company with Admiral Keppel in HMS Dido, taking part in the Sakarran Expedition and joining the convoy returning Raja Muda Hassim to Brunei. He was received by the Sultan, and en route to Hong Kong, visited the Sultan of Sulu. He completed a detailed survey of the Borneo coast from Balambangan to Labuan, where he examined coal deposits. Captain Belcher was an eyewitness to many of the important events in the development of British control over Borneo. Admiral Sir Archibald Berkeley Milne was a senior Royal Navy officer who commanded the Mediterranean Fleet at the outbreak of the First World War.