THE EXPEDITION TO BORNEO OF H.M.S. DIDO FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF PIRACY : WITH EXTRACTS FROM THE JOURNAL OF JAMES BROOKE, ESQ., OF SARAWAK, (NOW HER MAJESTY'S COMMISSIONER AND CONSUL-GENERAL TO THE SULTAN AND INDEPENDENT CHIEFS OF BORNEO). WITH AN ADDITIONA
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2 Vols., Chapman & Hall, 3rd ed., 1847. Vol. I : Xiv + 429 pp., port. frontis. + 5 other lithographed plates (chiefly tinted), 2 plans & charts (both fldg.) & 1 table (fldg.). Vol. II : Viii + 315 pp., frontis + 5 other lithographed plates (all tinted), + 4 plans & charts (all fldg.). Both volumes bound in contemporary full calf ; black calf title-pieces to spines ; gilt ; richly gilt-tooled spines in 4 compartments ; gilt tooled boarders to front & rear boards ; gilt-edged dentelles ; all edges marbled & marbled endpapers. 22 x 14cm. Binding lightly rubbed ; some light foxing as usual ; o/w Nr.FINE. First published in 1846 with a second edition the same year, this is the third edition of 1847 containing additional material not found in the earlier editions. The author, Captain (later Admiral-of-the-Fleet) Henry Keppel (1809-1904) commanded the frigate DIDO on the China station during the latter part of the Opium War of 1841-42. While Senior Naval Officer at Singapore, Keppel made friends with Sir James Brooke and they sailed together for Sarawak. There for the next 18 months (1843-1844) Keppel and Brooke co-operated in suppressing the pirates of Borneo who often attacked lone merchant ships in those far distant and remote seas, and, after many engagements, theDIDO, together with the East India Company's steamship PHLEGETHON, destroyed the chief stronghold of the pirates, together with some 300 prahus. After two years on half pay Keppel was appointed in 1847 to the frigate MAEANDER and returned to the same station, where his contact with Brooke was resumed. Towards the end of the commission he visited Australia, and in 1851 returned to England by the Strait of Magellan. Keppel himself lived a remarkable life serving the Royal Navy for many years and living through five reigns from George III to Edward VII. The struggle against the pirates of Borneo form only part of the narrative, in addition there is an account of the Chinese War, various cruises of the DIDO, and expeditions into Borneo and the many rivers and inlets of that country. The best edition of 1847 in two volumes in FINE contemporary full-calf bindings.