The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido for the Suppression of Piracy: with Extracts from the Journal of James Brooke Esq.

London: Chapman and Hall, 1846.

Price: $1,250.00

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First edition. With 6 folding maps, 11 plates, folding table. xii, [ii], 338, xxviii; ciii [ii], 230, [ii], cii pp. 2 vols. 4to. Nineteenth-century half calf, marbled sides, all edges marbled. Light rubbing, one map backed in linen with soil at one fold. Townshend bookplate on endpapers, initials "H.M.C." at head of title (partially trimmed when bound). Overall near fine. Hill (2004) 918.

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Henry Keppel was a British naval officer who served in the Opium War and was sent to the Malacca Straits in the 1843-44 campaign to suppress Borneo pirates. Keppel Harbour, a stretch of water at the southern tip of Singapore, was named after him after he cleared the straits of pirates. The two volumes recount James Brooke's exploits in Sarawak, the military explots of Brooke, Keppel and Sir Edward Belcher, and a geographical overview of Borneo as well as commentary on the natural history of the region.