"SIN TAUKA" (pseud.); JARRETT, F.C. (editor)
[PIRACY] Jottings from the log of a New South Welshman, or, Six years in the opium trade : being a captain’s yarn of several voyages in the above trade and the consequent encounters with pirates.
Sydney : Gibbs, Shallard, & Co., printers, 1867. Octavo, original printed green wrappers (heavily chipped and stained, lower wrapper detached), frontispiece engraving ‘Engagement with pirates off Hoetow Bay [Taiwan] April 1862’, pp 26; occasional foxing, else contents clean.
Important first-hand narrative by an Australian trader who commanded a number of vessels used in the China and Southeast Asia opium trade in the early 1860s, containing several blow-by-blow accounts of engagements with pirates in the South China Sea.
The preface is signed with a Hokkien pseudonym, “Sin Tauka”, the name of one of the vessels commanded by the anonymous author. The work has been attributed to J.S.V. Mein.
Copies are recorded in only four Australian collections (State Library of Victoria; University of Melbourne Library; National Library of Australia; State Library of New South Wales); OCLC locates only two further institutional copies (British Library; Alexander Turnbull Library)