SNOUCK HURGRONJE Dr. Christiaan (1895.)
£1800.00 [First Edition]
Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.
First edition. 2 vols. text (large 4to) & separate portfolio containing 12 collotype plates (folio). Text rebound in old style half-calf half-calf boards (rebacked) containing two folding lithograph plates (one large), and two folding lithograph maps (one large). Portfolio in original printed boards (slightly rubbed), plates with very small stain to top left corner, but overall a good, clean set. [xx], 512; [xv], 438pp. Batavia, Landsdrukkerij, 1893 -
During the 1880s Dutch forces fought a prolonged guerilla war with the Achenese, a muslim group in northern Sumatra fighting for independence. Snouck Hurgonje (1857-1936), a professor of Islamic studies at Batavia and a government adviser, was commissioned by the Dutch government to produce an ethnographic study which is still regarded as a standard reference work. Through this work, Snouck was able to develop a slightly more enlightened Dutch colonial policy toward Islam that prevailed until the termination of Dutch rule in Indonesia in 1942. Very rare with the set of plates documenting Achenese customs and living conditions, including a view of a cock-fight. Not in Cordier (Indo-Sinica).
Stock Code: 192198