Thomas Forrest's
Voyage to New Guinea (1779)
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A Voyage to New Guinea relates the details of Thomas Forrest's journey of exploration from 1774-1776, on behalf of the East India Company, to western New Guinea (now the Indonesian province of West Papua). The Company traveled in search of spices beyond the Molucca Islands, which were then claimed by the Dutch. Forrest's travels took him from the north coast of Borneo, through the Moluccas, to New Guinea, and then to Mindanao, the southernmost island of the Philippines. His detailed observations lack the moral judgments found in so many other European accounts of the time. The book's first edition, shown here, is illustrated with thirty copperplates; a second edition, published in 1780, contains a number of detailed sketches and plans previously omitted due to the cost.

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Captain Thomas Forrest. A Voyage to New Guinea, and the Moluccas, from Balambangan. London: J. Robson, 1779.
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