The Expedition to Borneo of HMS Dido for the Suppression of Piracy: with Extracts from the Journal of James Brooke, Esq. of Sarawak
The Expedition to Borneo of HMS Dido for the Suppression of Piracy: with Extracts from the Journal of James Brooke, Esq. of Sarawak, (now Agent for the British Government in Borneo).
London. Chapman & Hall. 1846. 2 vols, pp. xiv,337, xxviii; x, 230, ciipp., original cloth, 11 lithographed plates and 6 folding maps, a fine copy.
First Edition of this work on the expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido for the suppression of piracy, with extracts from the journal of James Brooke (1803-1868), by the British admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Keppel (1809-1904). The views among other things depict the H.M.S. Dido at Sarawak, the Rajah Muda Hassum, Brooke's first residence at Sarawak and a nightly attack on a proa, the maps are of the Malaysian archipelago, Sarawak, Patoesan, Labowang, and the rivers Sareboes and Batang-Loepar.
"Keppel, a British naval officer who had served in the Opium War, participated in the campaign against the Borneo pirates in 1843-44. During the execution of his orders to protect trade and suppress piracy in the Malacca Straits, he met James Brooke who had received the title of rajah of Sarawak, in perpetuity, from the Sultan of Brunei. The first volume concerns itself with Brooke's exploits in Sarawak from 1838-42, prior to his meeting with Keppel. Brooke attempted to open Borneo for foreign trade and tried to pacify the tribes. As a reward for success in the latter endeavor, he was given his title in 1841. Volume two recounts the military exploits of Brooke, Keppel, and Sir Edward Belcher, who occasionally came to Keppel's aid, gives a geographical overview of Borneo, and includes accounts of the Dyaks, the aboriginal Bornean tribes'" - Hill. An appendix to this edition includes an essay on natural history, and other contributions to a further understanding of the region. Also relates Keppel's observations while travelling through China and India. The map is of "Part of the Malayan Archipelago." HILL