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 Agent for the British Government in Borneo) - Captain the Hon. Henry Keppel, R.N. 1846 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition Keppel and Brooke, a friendship that united two of the most accomplished, unorthodox, and tactically brilliant mariners to command, or in Brooke’s case ‘commandeer’ the British navy around the ‘pirate’ infested waters of Borneo in the mid 19th century.

A clean first edition, two volumes in publisher’s original cloth, profusely illustrated with ten tinted lithographic plates, one monochrome lithographic plates, six folding engraved maps and plans, and a folding table of ‘
Suggestions for Accelerating the Communication between Great Britain and China’.

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 endeavour, 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.
  After the serving as in the First Opium War Keppel, a British naval office, was sent to Singapore as senior officer on that part of the station. There he made friends with Sir James Brooke, with whom he returned to Sarawak. For eighteen months Keppel co-operated with Brooke who had recently received the title of rajah of Sarawak, in perpetuity, from the Sultan of Brunei, for the suppression of Borneo piracy. After many engagements, the Dido, together with the East India Company's steamship Phlegethon, destroyed the chief stronghold of the pirates, together with some 300 prahus' [ODNB/Hill].

‘In later years Keppel served in the Baltic, was at Sevastopol in 1855, and became an Admiral in 1869. Brooke, who left Sarawak in 1863, was succeeded in the title by his nephew, Charles Anthony Johnson Brooke.’

Reference: Hill,
Pacific Voyages 918.

Two octavo volumes (book size 23x15.5 cm). pp. xii [2] 337 [1] xxviii (Appendix I-III) [2] 16 (publisher’s catalogue dated December, 1845); viii [2] 230 [2] cii (Appendix I-VII) [2]. In Publisher’s blue green blind-stamped cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, decorated in blind to front and rear boards, cream colour coated endpapers. 1cm chip to lower corner of plate list in volume I.

Collated [7/5/2019]: Volume I: tinted lithographic plates - frontis, 26, 90; lithographic plates - 29; two folding maps at rear - Part of the Malayan Archipelago; Province of Sarawak. Volume II: tinted lithographic plates - frontis, 8, 13, 15, 35, 52: lithographic plates 105; folding table 220; four folding maps at rear - The Island of Labuan, Mouth of the Borneo River; The River Sarebus; The Batang Lupar River; The Forts and&Villages of Patusan.
  Condition: Near fine, some light foxing to plates and early pages, a little spotting to publisher’s catalogue, spines uniformly faded, gilt bright, a few small marks to cloth boards, 1cm loss to corner of one page.   Ref: 109781   Price: HK$ 15,000