The Indian Archipelago: Its History and Present State, Volume 1

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1853 - Malay Archipelago - 359 pages

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Page 393 - Complete in 132 vols. fcp. 8vo. with Vignette Titles, price, in cloth, Nineteen Guineas. The Works separately, in Sets or Series, price Three Shillings and Sixpence each Volume.
Page 3 - I could discover nothing in it: but the other appeared to me a vast ocean planted with innumerable islands, that were covered with fruits and flowers, and interwoven with a thousand little shining seas that ran among them.
Page 207 - Philippines, hard upon the coast of China, of which country I have brought such intelligence as hath not been heard of in these parts ; a country, the stateliness and riches of which I fear to make report of, lest I should not be credited. I sailed along the islands of Moluccas, where, among some of the heathen people, I was well entreated, and where our countrymen may have trade as freely as the Portugals, if they themselves wiJJ.
Page 14 - ... leave this part of our subject, we would assure any European reader who may suspect that we have in aught written too warmly of the physical beauty of the Archipelago, that the same Nature which, in the West, only reveals her highest and most prodigal terrestrial beauty to the imagination of the poet, has here ungirdled herself, and given her wild and glowing charms, in all their fullness, to the eye of day.
Page 197 - Logan, Traces of the Origin of the Malay Kingdom of Borneo Proper, Journal of the Ind.
Page x - ... could have been adopted, and, in our judgment, the best. He commences with a general view of the Archipelago, discusses lightly the origin and spread of the Malayan race, and passes rapidly over the periods intervening between that remote and problematical era and the arrival of the Portuguese. He then follows the order of time, and describes the adventures of Europeans in the Archipelago to the present hour. An account is given of each important island, or group of islands, as they fall into...
Page 9 - Sumatra, the mountain ranges of which are, notwithstanding, parallel to it ; — Borneo and Celebes appear to represent the broader or eastern branch of the Indo-Chinese Peninsula, from which they are separated by the area of the China Sea, supposed to be sinking ; — and, finally, nearly the whole Archipelago is surrounded by a great volcanic curve, rooted in Asia itself, and the continuity of which demonstrates that the platform and the continental projection with which it is geographically connected...
Page viii - Their imbecility is as incurable as their despotism is ferocious. They deserve only ruin.
Page 272 - Indeed, it is not easy to disbelieve, and it is ridiculous to deride the theory, that it is the destiny of the West to spread its dominion over the East, through the length and breadth of Asia. I put faith in the fortunes of Great Britain, which may lead her to possess, if not the whole, at least most of that region which she has proved herself, of all others, the most capable to rule.
Page 11 - ... sail would touch more land than water, and even that, if the eye were raised to a sufficient height, while the islands he had left would reappear on the one side, new shores would be seen on almost every other. But it is the wonderful freshness and greenness in which, go where he will, each new island is enveloped, that impresses itself...

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