1834. La Haye. Th. Lejeune. 8vo (215 x 130 mm). 1 [blank], x, 150, , 2 folding tables, and 6 large folding maps and planes bound at the end. Contemporary mottled calf over marbled boards, flat spine gilt in compartments, title direct-lettered gilt. A very clean and fresh copy, the folding maps in excellent condition.
First edition of this detailed account of the British invasion of Java in 1811, compiled by the Prince of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, and based on the firsthand accounts given to him by Major-General Knotzer and Colonel Nahuys, and the manuscript memoires left by Colonel Osten. As the auhor himself states in the preface, his work aims to add to the small literature on the short however fundamental campaign that altered the fate of South East Asia, while being a Dutch response to Major Thorn´s Memoir of the Conquest of Java (until then, the only proper account on the campaign).
Prince Carl Bernard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1792 – 1862), after distinguishing in the Battle of Waterloo, was appointed Chief Commander of the Dutch East Indies Army in 1848 and stationed in Java from 1849 to 1852.
The plates, re-engraved after the ones in Thorn´s Memoir, include a map of Java; a plan of Batavia; the plan of attack on Fort Cornelis; a plan of the action near Weltevreden; a sketch of General Janssen´s position at Jatty, near Samarang; and a sketch of the Fortified Cratten, of the Sultan of Djoejo Carta.
A rare book in the market although well represented at institutions; we haven’t been able to trace any copy having been sold at auction.