Adventures among the Dyaks of Borneo.
London Hurst and Blackett 1865
pp.xii, 324, frontispiece. Bound in early twentieth century half calf, spine rubbed. Title and frontis lightly spotted. Inner hinges strained. Otherwise a very good copy.
Frederick Boyle, 1841-1914, was a prominent traveller and newspaper correspondent who published a number of books on his travels in the second half of the nineteenth century. "Adventures among the Dyaks of Borneo," his first book, was written after a journey undertaken with his brother Arthur when he was only 22. Boyle travelled extensively in Sarawak in 1863. He provides an informed view of the personalities of members of the Government in the later years of James Brooke's reign, together with a comprehensive description of Dayak life at the time. This is one of the scarcest of the nineteenth century books on Sarawak.