BURBIDGE, Frederick William. The Gardens Of The Sun: Or a Naturalist's Journal on the Mountains and in the Forests and Swamps of Borneo and the Sulu Archipelago. London, John Murray, 1880.
8vo. Original pictorial cloth; pp. xviii, , 364, 24 (publisher's advertisements], wood-engraved frontispiece, illustrations in the text and on plates; minimal marking to binding, otherwise a very clean and fresh copy.
First edition. The botanist and artist Frederick William Burbidge (1847-1905) was employed by the nurserymen James Veitch & Son, in 1877. He was 'sent to Borneo to collect samples of rare plants. During the next two years he travelled across Borneo and also visited Brunei, Johore, and the islands of the Sulu archipelago to the north-east of Borneo. He brought back almost a thousand specimens of plants including rare ferns, orchids, and pitcher-plants. Some of the species of plants were later named in his honour. These included types of orchid (the Dendrobium Burbidgei and Aërides Burbidgei) and types of ferns (the Alsophila Burbidgei and Polypodium Burbidge). He was responsible for introducing into Europe the giant pitcher-plant of Kina Balu, Nepenthes Rajah. These specimens were presented by James Veitch to the Kew herbarium' (Dictionary of Irish Biography). During this journey he explored as well Singapore, Jahore, Kina Balu, Labuan Island, Brunei, and the Sulu Islands. Burbidge includes obeservations on Chinese settlers, customs and material culture of various ethnic groups, agriculture and the economy.