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02 Mar 2017 16:30 GMT


A History of Sarawak under its Two White Rajahs 1839-1908

Published: Sotheran, London, 1909

Edition: First Edition

Reserve: $60


Estimate: $100-150

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A History of Sarawak under its Two White Rajahs 1839-1908.

London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1909. Octavo. Pp.[i-]xxiii[-xxiv; 1-] 464. half-title, 1 double portrait frontispiece, 1 folding coloured map, numerous illustrations (2 full-page with no text on the verso), occasional decorative illustrated initials. (Occasional light spotting, small tear top the inner margin of the folding map).

Original red cloth, upper cover lettered i gilt, the spine blocked in gilt (some light soiling, gilding to spine a trifle faded, head and foot of spine and extremities bumped, small splits to inner hinges.

First edition: a nice copy."Following the discovery of antimony ore in the Kuching region, Pangeran Indera Mahkota (a representative of the Sultan of Brunei) began to develop the territory between 1824 and 1830. When antimony production increased, the Brunei Sultanate demanded higher taxes from Sarawak; this led to civil unrest and chaos. In 1839, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin II (1827–1852), ordered his uncle Pangeran Muda Hashim to restore order. Pangeran Muda Hashim requested the assistance of British sailor James Brooke in the matter, in which Brooke agreed. James Brooke quashed the rebellion successfully and was subsequently appointed by Pangeran Muda Hashim to govern Sarawak.

The Brooke family ruled Sarawak from the Astana as the White Rajahs and expanded the territory of Sarawak northwards. The state issued its first currency, the Sarawak dollar, in 1858. Sarawak was divided into five administrative divisions, each headed by a Resident. The Brooke government established a Supreme Council consisting of Malay chiefs who advised the Rajahs on all aspects of governance. The Supreme Council is the oldest state legislative assembly in Malaysia, with the first General Council meeting taking place at Bintulu in 1867. Meanwhile, the Ibans and other Dayak people were hired as militia. The Brooke dynasty encouraged the immigration of Chinese merchants for economic development, especially in the mining and agricultural sectors. Borneo Company Limited was formed in 1856. It was involved in a wide range of businesses in Sarawak such as trade, banking, agriculture, mineral exploration, and development. From 1853 to 1862, the Brooke government experienced a number of uprisings but all of them were successfully contained.  As a result, a series of forts were built around Kuching to consolidate the Rajah's power. These include Fort Margherita, which was completed in 1879. Sarawak became a British protectorate in 1888, while still ruled by the Brooke dynasty.  In 1891, Charles Anthoni Brooke, the second White Rajah of Sarawak, established the Sarawak Museum, the oldest museum in Borneo. In 1899, Charles Anthoni Brooke ended the intertribal wars in Marudi. " (wikipedia)

  • Binding Condition: Acceptable
  • Overall Condition: acceptable
  • Size: 8 7/8 x 5 3/4in; 226 x 144mm

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