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Dr Krom's annotated copy

Verbeek, Rogier Diederik Marius, Dr. Oudheden van Java. Lijst der voornaamste overblijfselen uit den Hindoetijd op Java met eene Oudheidkundige Kaart. Batavia Landsdrukkerij & 's Hage: M. Nijhoff 1891
First edition pp.xviii, 338. Dutch text. Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen, Deel XLVI. A very good copy bound in contemporary quarter calf, cloth boards, marbled end-papers. Covers worn and slightly faded. Without the separately issued map. This interleaved copy has the bookplate and ownership signature of Dr. P.H. Pott, but before him it was owned by Dr. N.J. Krom who extensively annotated the inter-leaves with his revisions and notes.

Dr. Verbeek (1845-1926) travelled extensively throughout Indonesia as a geologist, and is best known for bringing volcanology into scientific prominence through his work Krakatau (1884-5), his personal journal and account of the 1883 eruption. In this work he provides an updated list of all known antiquities and archaeological sites in Java from the "Hindu" period, with brief descriptions of their historical importance. 110 sites and 290 antiquities discovered in a resurgence of interest in the five years before publication are newly recorded. Includes a short history of the attempts to record the antiquities and archaeology of the Dutch East Indies and a bibliography of the most important works to date. This copy is of particular interest for the extensive annotations by Verbeek's successor as the authority on Javanese archaeology, Nicolaas Johannes Krom (1883-1945). Krom is best known for Hindoe-Javaansche Geschiedenis (1926), considered the definitive history of Indonesia from the beginning of the Hindu colonisation up to the victory of Islam over the region (c. 1525). Krom published numerous academic works on Java including Inventaris der Hindoe-oudheden (1923), in collaboration with F.D.K. Bosch, which is an improved list of Hindu antiquities and archaeological sites in Java, based upon this work, Oudheden van Java, by Verbeek.