Item #5000344 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…. Captain Henry KEPPEL.
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…
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…

The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido…
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…

London: Chapman and Hall, 1846.

Two volumes, octavo, with 11 fine tinted lithographs (printed by Day & Haghe), a folding table and six folding maps; very slight fading to covers but an excellent copy in the original blue-green cloth.

Keppel's Borneo, in original cloth: an early issue

First edition: one of the best accounts of Borneo, partly in the form of a memoir of James Brooke who had been appointed rajah of Sarawak by the Sultan of Brunei. The Royal Navy officer Henry Keppel, later Admiral of the Fleet, was in the Malacca Straits in the early 1840s, acting against the Borneo pirates who had the area under their control; he gives a geographical overview of Borneo, and a good description of the Dyaks, the aboriginal Bornean tribes.

First edition: one of the best accounts of Borneo, partly in the form of a memoir of James Brooke who had been appointed rajah of Sarawak by the Sultan of Brunei. The Royal Navy officer Henry Keppel, later Admiral of the Fleet, was in the Malacca Straits in the early 1840s, acting against the Borneo pirates who had the area under their control; he gives a geographical overview of Borneo, and a good description of the Dyaks, the aboriginal Bornean tribes.

As commanding officer of the corvette HMS Dido on the East Indies and China Station he was deployed in operations during the Opium War and was sent to the Straits in the 1843-44 campaign to suppress piracy. Keppel Harbour, a stretch of water at the southern tip of Singapore, was named after him after he cleared the straits of pirates.

There were several editions of his book, which was popular. This is an excellent example of an early issue of the first edition, with the publisher's advertisements at the end of volume II dated December 1845.

Hill, 918; not recorded by Abbey, Travel.

Price (AUD): $2,400.00

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