Antique Book ‘Reise durch Java’ by Junghuhn (1845)

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Title: Topographischer und naturwissenschaftlicher Atlas zur Reise durch Java von Dr. Fr. Junghuhn (Topographical and scientific atlas on the journey through Java.).

Rare atlas of 38 uncoloured topographical plates after drawings by Franz Junghuhn, a German doctor, naturalist, explorer and French Foreign Legion surgeon who spent many years in Java. In 1845 he published his “Topographische und Naturwissenschaftliche Reisen durch Java.” (Madgdeburg, 1845), together with this Atlas of 38 uncoloured topographical plates after his own drawings.

Franz Junghuhn (October 26, 1809 in Mansfeld, Germany – April 24, 1864 in Lembang, Bandung, West Java)

As a student Junghuhn was given to bouts of depression and he attempted suicide. He became involved in a ‘matter of honor’, and in the ensuing duel was himself hit, but perhaps unknown to him his opponent died of his wounds. Junghuhn fled by taking service in the Prussian army as a surgeon but was discovered and sentenced to ten years in prison. He feigned insanity, and was able to escape in the Autumn of 1833. He was briefly a member of the French Foreign Legion in North Africa but was dismissed on account of his poor health. At Paris, he sought out the famed Dutch botanist Christian Hendrik Persoon, who recommended that Junghuhn “enlist in the Dutch colonial army, and have yourself sent to the Dutch East Indies as a medical doctor”. Junghuhn did so, leaving Europe (Hellevoetsluis) in the early Summer of 1835, arriving in Jakarta (then called “Batavia”) on October 13, 1835.

Junghuhn settled on Java, where he made an extensive study of the land and its people. He discovered the Kawah Putih crater lake south of Bandung in 1837. He published extensively on his many often highly adventurous expeditions and his scientific analyses. Among his works is an important description and natural history in many volumes of the volcanoes of Java, Bijdragen tot de geschiedenis der vulkanen in den Indischen Archipel (1843). He completed Die Topographischen und Naturwissenschaftlichen Reisen durch Java (Topographic and Scientific Journeys in Java) in 1845 and a first anthropological and topographical study of Sumatra, Die Bättalander auf Sumatra (Batak lands of Sumatra). in 1847. In 1849, ill health forced his return to the Netherlands, where he married Johanna Louisa Frederika Koch on January 23, 1850, and had a son. While in the Netherlands, Junghuhn began work on a four volume treatise published in Dutch and translated into German between 1850 and 1854: Java, deszelfs gedaante, bekleeding en inwendige struktuur (in German: Java, seine Gestalt, Pflanzendecke, und sein innerer Bau). Junghuhn was an avid humanist and socialist. In the Netherlands he published anonymously his free-thinking manifesto Licht- en Schaduwbeelden uit de Binnenlanden van Java (Images of Light and Shadow from Java’s interior) between 1853 and 1855. The work was controversial, advocating socialism in the colonies and fiercely criticizing Christian and Islamic proselytization of the Javanese people. Junghuhn instead wrote of his preference for a form of Pandeism (pantheistic deism), contending that God was in everything, but could only be determined through reason. The work was banned in Austria and parts of Germany for its “denigrations and vilifications of Christianity”, but was a strong seller in the Netherlands where it was first published pseudonymously. It was also popular in colonial Indonesia, despite opposition from the Dutch Christian Church there. The publisher of the first volume, Jacobus Hazenberg, refused to continue his association with the work; the remaining four were published by the outspoken liberal, Frans Günst, from volume three as installments (from October 1, 1855) of the newly founded journal for freethinkers, De Dageraad (Dawn).

Recovered from his ills, Junghuhn returned to Java in 1855. Highly interested in botany and its practical applications, he (together with J.E. de Vrij of Bandung) became embroiled in a bitter and extended controversy with Johannes Elias Teijsmann, hortulanus of ‘s Lands Plantentuin at Buitenzorg (now Bogor) and J.C. Hasskarl about the effectiveness of Cinchona species in the treatment of malaria. This controversy was conducted in public and in print with open letters to and demands on “Het Natuurkundig Genootschap”; part of this exchange of minds can be followed in Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië from 1862 onwards. At his direction massive plantation of Chincocina was carried out in Java, making it leading producer of Kina (Chinocina bark). He remained on Java until his death from liver disease in 1864. On his deathbed in his house near Lembang on the slopes of the volcano Tangkuban Perahu just north of Bandung, Java, Junghuhn asked the doctor to open the windows, so he could say goodbye to the mountains that he loved. In Lembang there is a small monument to his memory in a grassy square named after him planted with some of his favorite trees among which the Cinchona. A minor item of trivia playing into polemical discussions of Junghuhn is his surname, literally translated as “young chicken”.

Topographische und naturwissenschaftliche Reisen durch Java … zum Druck befördert und bevorwortet durch C.G. Rees von Esenbeck.

Magdeburg, E. Baensch; Rott., A. Baedeker; Amst., J. Müller, 1845.Text-volume and atlas-volume. 8voand oblong 8vo. Original half cloth and half calf (foot of spine atlas-volume dam.). With 2 folding elevation maps and 38 lithographed plates containing many illustrations and profils. X,518,(2) pp.* First edition. –

In 1845 Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn became a member of the Natural Sciences Commission. He made numerous excursions in Java, climbed all mountains and inspected many craters. The first result of all his investigations is this monumental work, a semi-autobiography, in which his description of the flora is still unsurpassed. Also included the account of his arrival in the Netherlands and his voyage to the Dutch East Indies. His great example was Alexander von Humboldt’s decription of America.

The extraordinary plates, lithographed by E. Baensch, depict situation-sketches and profiles of Javanese volcanoes. – (One plate cut short by printer with some minor loss of text; text-volume foxed). – Extremely rare complete set of this innovative work.Muller, Junghuhn-Biliographie, p. 322; Hence II, p. 721-726; Tiele 571 (note); Engelmann I, p.136; Cat. KITLV p.10; Müller 0771.

Year: 1845
Measures: 400 x 250 mm.

115.000.000 IDR

7.100,00 Euro
8000,00 USD



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