ROYAL PACKET STEAM NAVIGATION CO.
ISLES OF THE EAST - An illustrated guide to Australia, Papua, Java, Sumatra, Singapore etc.
- Batavia. 1912. KPM / Royal Packet Steam Navigation Company. Deluxe edition of January 1912. Edited by W. LORCK. LII (adverts), 244 PP, followed by LIII-CXXI (adverts) and b/w and colour illustrations, plus 1 b/w plate : portrait of Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands; 1 plate "Time Table 1912; 1 folded plate "Accommodation plan of KPM Steel Screw Steamer "Tasman" and 2 colour plates: painting by C. H. Hoyt "Middle Harbour, Sydney, from Mosman Heights, and "Samples of Javanese Art Work..." . Papered boards with a colour illustration on front board by Tindall, cloth spine. Front cover with small pieices missing at corners of front edge. Spine has been reinforced (crudely). The first few pages (up to VIII) are somewhat damaged at the gutters (without loss) and most of Page III/IV has been torn off. The guide was published on superior glossy paper thus conserving its clarity and brightness. A very good copy of quite a rare item. 25.3 x 15.5.
Section I, Chapter 1 (P. XXXIII to L): The "KPM": A Twenty Years' Record. Chapter III (P 38 to 155): A trip to Java by a KPM Steamer (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Port Moresby ... Borneo, Celebes, Singapore). Section II,Chapter 1 (P.156-243): Commercial Section - Rotterdamsche Lloyd, The Railways of Java, Sumatra Railways, Batavia, The Tea Industry, Bandoeng, Soerabaya.. Chapter II (P.LIII - CXXI): Advertisements: period advertisements for hotels, transport companies, import/export, ... Gives an insight to life in these areas at the time.
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