BECCARI, Odoardo. Wanderings in the Great Forests of Borneo. Travels And Researches of a Naturalist in Sarawak. London, Archibald Constable, 1904.
8vo. Original pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; pp. xiv, 423, three folding maps, plates after photographs and drawings, illustrations in the text; apart from offsetting from rear fly-leaf to last page and repairs to inner hinges, a very good copy; old gift inscription to front fly leaf.
First edition in English of this important contribution to the the knowledge of the natural history of Borneo and Sarawak by the eminent Italian traveller and botanist, who had met with Darwin, William Joseph Hooker and James Brooke, the Rajah of Sarawak at Kew. It was 'the White Rajah', Brooke, who invited him and his brother to spend some time on the islands in the 1860s. He revisited some 20 years later and describes nature and human societies, including the Dyaks. Beccari discovered a large number of plants unknown to Westerners and describes the forest ecosystems. One of his outstanding achievements was the examination and taxonomy of phosphorescent plants.