The Private Letters of Sir James Brooke,
K.C.B., Rajah of Sarawak, narrating the events of his life, from 1838 to the present time. Edited by John C. Templer, Esq. London Richard Bentley 1853
First edition, three volumes, pp.x, 320, 327, 341. A very good set in slightly mottled original cloth. Slight soiling to page 23 of volume 2. Contemporary ownership inscription of Percy J. Warren on title.
Sir James Brooke (1803-68) ruled Sarawak from 1841 until his death. He was a prolific letter writer; these volumes reproduce the text of 185 of his letters from 1838 to 1853 to his mother, to his 'intimate friend', John Templer, editor of this book, to Henry Keppel, Mr. Wise, and others, which both describe his activities in Sarawak and display his reaction to the controversies over pirates, and to the Commission of Inquiry. Two appendices provide An explanation and exposure of the charges made against Sir James Brooke, with reference to the capture and execution of criminals in Sarawak, and Report of proceedings at a public dinner given to Hix Excellency Sir James Brooke,.., at the London Tavern on April 30, 1852. A work of prime importance for the history of Brooke's rule in Sarawak.