The Raja of Sarawak.
An Account of Sir James Brooke, K.C.B., LL.D., given chiefly through Letters and Journals. London Macmillan & Co. 1876
First edition, two volumes, pp.xii, 379; 393, two frontispieces, two coloured maps, one folding. Minor rubbing to corners and edges. A very good set in original cloth. Spines professionally restored. Tear to free end-paper of volume 2.
The most detailed and perhaps the most interesting of the biographies of Brooke. Gertrude Jacob was the niece and adopted daughter of General Sir George Legrand Jacob, hero of the Indian mutiny and friend of James Brooke. He had been introduced to the Raja by W.H. Read, who describes their meeting in his book, "Play and Politics". In the preface to this book, General Jacob gives his own account of the circumstances of his visit to Sarawak. The author was able to consult several individuals who had known and worked with the First Raja as well as drawing on his letters and journals edited and earlier published by Templer, Keppel and Mundy. As a result her account was the first full life of Sir James, and has only been superceded in recent years by Nicholas Tarling's biography. The story of Reuben George, whom the Raja claimed as his son, and whose presence in Sarawak contributed to the dispute between Brooke and his nephew John Brooke Brooke, is among the facts first made public here.