Full title: Narrative of the Voyages and Services of the Nemesis, from 1840 to 1843; and of the combined Naval and Military Operations in China; comprising a complete account of the colony of Hong Kong, and Remarks on the Character and Habits of the Chinese. Vol 2 only (of a two volume set), containing 4 plates and one folding map. The Nemesis was an iron built steamboat that was at the forefront of the British policy of gunboat diplomacy in the Chinese Opium Wars. The notes and journals of the commander of the Nemesis, W H Hall, form the basis of the book. Green half leather with marbled boards. The spine has four raised bands, gilt titling and decoration, and a partially missing red leather title label. The front board is detached. The spine is attached only at the rear margin, has a tear that runs half way across and then down through the lowest raised band, and has another raised band starting to lift away. The boards are generally worn, the rear board has a small white sticker on it, and the corners are bumped. Internally, the rear hinge is weakened, but otherwise the text block is tightly bound. There is scattered foxing, especially to the endpapers, title page and plates. A previous owner's name appears in ink, and another in pencil, on the ffep. There are small closed tears to the plate opposite page 206; smudge marks on pages 242/243 and 245; and some margin annotations (pages 10, 305, 326, 373 and 381) which have ghosted on to the margins of the pages opposite.