The Head-Hunters of Borneo:
A Narrative of Travel up the Mahakkam and down the Barito; also, Journeyings in Sumatra. London Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington 1881
First edition pp.xvi, 344, 30 lithograph plates, 28 in colour, folding map. A very good copy bound in contemporary half morocco, marbled boards. Early 20thC bookplate on front pastedown.
Carl Bock, Norwegian naturalist and explorer, spent six months in Borneo travelling up the Mahakam river and down the Barito. Although his purpose was scientific research he allowed his book to be influenced by the popular prejudice of his day with dramatic tales of blood-thirsty Dayaks and cannibalism. Despite this it contains a wealth of information on Dayak life and custom. The twenty-eight fine colour plates show Dayak tattoo and ornament, their houses and artefacts.