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Record Number: 10132


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'All I can say is that when seen from the top of a building, from whence the eye takes it in at one view, it does not look nearly so large as it seems to be when you walk about it. Valentijn, who wrote about and before the year 1726, says that in his time there wre within the walls 1242 Dutch houses, and 1200 Chinese; without 1066 Dutch and 1240 Chinese, besides twelve arrack houses. This number, however, appeared to me to be very highly exaggerated, those within the walls especially.'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

25 Dec 1770

Country:

At sea off Suva

Time

n/a

Place:

other location: On board HMS Endeavour

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Joseph Banks

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

13 Feb 1743

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Naturalist

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

At sea off Suva

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Francois Valentijn

Title:

Oudt en Nieuw Oost-Indie

Genre:

Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

10132

Source:

Print

Author:

Joseph Banks

Editor:

Joseph Hooker

Title:

Journal of the Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks Bart., K.B. P.R.S. during Captain Cook's first voyage in HMS Endeavour in 1768-71 to Terra del Fuego, Otahite, New Zealand, Australia, the Dutch East Indies etc.

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1896

Vol:

n/a

Page:

378

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Joseph Banks, Joseph Hooker (ed.), Journal of the Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks Bart., K.B. P.R.S. during Captain Cook's first voyage in HMS Endeavour in 1768-71 to Terra del Fuego, Otahite, New Zealand, Australia, the Dutch East Indies etc., (London, 1896), p. 378, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=10132, accessed: 25 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Date of birth is given as 2 February 1743 (O. S.) which has been converted to the modern date. The town of Batavia is being described.

   
   
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