Narrative of the Voyages and Services of The Nemesis, from 1840 to 1843; and of the Combined Naval and Military Operations in China: Comprising a Complete Account of The Colony of Hong Kong, and remarks on the Character and Habits of the Chinese. From notes of Commander W. H. Hall, R.N. with personal observations by W.D. Bernard, ESQ., A.M., Oxon - Commander W. H. Hall, W.D. Bernard ESQ., A.M., Oxon. 1844 - Henry Colburn, London - First Edition Finely bound first edition first hand account of a pivotal time in Anglo-Chinese relations, the first opium war, and the formation of Hong Kong. A presentation set inscribed in both volumes ‘Martin Maddison Esq. with the author's compts., March 30/[18]44’.

‘Considered to be the best account of the Opium War (1839-1842)’ – Bibliotheca Wittockiana,
Western Travellers in China.

Illustrated with three folding engraved maps (chart of the Nemesis voyage, Canton, and Hong Kong), six engraved plates and eight in-text woodcuts.

Referred to as the ‘devil ship’ by the Chinese, the Nemesis was the first British iron-clad warship, designed with a light draft and sliding keel for coastal and estuarine operations. Launched in 1839 for the East India Company, the British used her to great effect in the First Anglo-Chinese War under Hall.
  Hong Kong fact - Lieutenant William Pedder was first lieutenant of the Nemesis, and was the first harbour master of Hong Kong. He established Pedder Street as the centre of Victoria City's commerce in the early colonial days. Pedder had his office built on the rocks above what is now Wyndham Street. For many years, the site on the top was known as Pedder's Hill.

Reference: Lust,
Western Books on China, 558. Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica, 2371. Morrison I, 328. Hill, Pacific Voyages, 120. Löwendahl, China Illustrata Nova, 1014. Bibliotheca Wittockiana Western Travellers in China Discovering the Middle Kingdom, 68.

Two large octavo volumes (binding size 24.5x15.5cm), pp. [4] xvi 449 [1 (list of officers who served on board the Nemesis)] [2]; [4] x 522 [2].
  Elegantly bound in three-quarter green morocco over matching marbled boards, spines decorated and lettered in gilt, red morocco labels lettered in gilt, all edges untrimmed.   Condition: Near fine, some light spotting and offsetting from plates, in fine bindings.   Ref: 111816   Price: HK$ 19,000