At a time when the European imperial powers were grabbing land all over the world, some of their more enterprising subjects set up fiefdoms of their own. One such was in the uninhabited Cocos-Keeling islands half way between Australia and Sri Lanka. This book resulted from Gibson-Hill's visit to the islands just before the Second World War which enabled him to piece together the antics of John Clunies-Ross, a Scottish merchant, and Alexander Hare, an English rival as they sought to establish themselves there in the early 19th century. Near Fine Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1953. 305 pages with a list of references.
Published by Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Kuala Lumpur 2011. ISBN: 9789679948509
Weight: 0.6 kg Post free within Malaysia