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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 – 2 Volumes 1847

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A third edition (which includes the extra chapter) set of this Borneo classic published by Chapman and Hall, London in 1847 the year after the first.

It is the second half of the title that explains the importance of these volumes. Brooke had suggested the first part as the principal title maybe to underplay his hand.

James Brooke (1803-1868) was an extraordinary individual born into a colonial family and generally describe as soldier and adventurer. He was given the Raj of Sarawak in Borneo, by the Sultan of Brunei, as a reward for quelling an uprising and driving pirates from the region. He ruled with an iron fist from 1842-1868. There is much more to his story than can be written here … he knew Alfred Russell Wallace and influenced his decision to conduct extensive natural history researches in the region culminating in the evolutionary evidence named the Wallace Line.

James Brooke is behind the character in Joseph Conrad’s “Lord Jim” an the “White Rajah” of Nicholas Monsarrat. Charles Kingsley depicted “Westward Ho” to the man and Errol Flynn planned to star as Brooke in a film written by himself although it was never made.

The author of this work, Captain Henry Keppel had sailed the Dido to Borneo in 1843. His crew became heavily involved in resisting attacks by Lanoon pirates.

Two octavo, volumes, 429 and 315 pages. Bound in original blue/green ribbed cloth, neatly and firmly re-backed with most of the original spine re-laid. Nicely illustrated with 11 plates, 6 maps and a chart.

This third edition has an additional chapter comprising recent intelligence by Walter K. Kelly

The Dido in and Around Borneo and the Journals of Adventure and first Sultan of Sarawak – James Brooke.

Price: $440.00

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