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 Her Majesty’s Commissioner and Consul-General to the Sultan and Independent Chiefs of Borneo) - Captain the Hon. Henry Keppel 1847 - Chapman and Hall, London - Third 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 finely bound two volumes set, profusely illustrated with eight tinted lithographic plates, two monochrome lithographic plates, five folding engraved maps and plans, and a folding table of ‘
Suggestions for Accelerating the Communication between Great Britain and China’. Published a year after the first but with a large additional appendix, many revisions, and an ‘additional chapter, comprising recent intelligence, by Walter K. Kelly’. The third edition also added the tinted lithographic plate of ‘Mr. Brook’s First Residence at Sarawak’ (volume I, opposite page 41, which replaced the plate ‘Jungle Near Santobong’ found in the first two editions).

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.
  ‘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 recently received the title of rajah of Sarawak, in perpetuity, from the Sultan of Brunei. ‘ [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.’

Provenance: Sir Charles Edward Frederick, Bart. (1843-1913), who served in the 10th and 21st Hussars, with a contemporary gift inscription ‘
from his sincere friend Walter. H. Holbech. On his leaving Eton’ dated March 1861. Holbech was Lt.-Col. Walter Henry Holbech of the King's Royal Rifle Corps.

Reference: Hill,
Pacific Voyages 918.

Two octavo volumes (book size 22.1 x 14.5 cm). pp. [2] [1 (title)] [1] [1 (dedication)] [1] ix-x [1 (advertisement to the third edition)] xi-xiv 429 [3]; viii 315 [1] [2]. Sometimes found with varying numbers of plates, this copy without the ‘
Plan of the Forts and Villages of Patusan’ which is enlarged from the ‘Plan of the Batang Lupar River’ found opposite page 99 in volume II.

Collated [3/2/2018] as follows: Volume I: tinted lithographic plates - frontis, 41, 50, 64, 72; lithographic plates - 29; fold out maps - 22 (Province of Sarawak). Volume II: lithographed frontis; tinted lithographic plates - 1, 48, 104; fold out plans - 25 (River Sarebus), 99 (Batang Lupar River), 143 (Part of the Malayan Archipelago), 164 (Island of Labuan); folding table to rear.

  In contemporary full brown calf, spine decorated in gilt with twin burgundy title labels of black and green, boards with twin gilt fillet borders enclosing single border in blind, gilt tooled edges, blind tooled turn-ins, marbled endpapers and edges.   Condition: Near fine, foxing to frontispieces and tissue guards, wear to corners and lower edges of bindings.   Ref: 109186   Price: HK$ 5,500