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A Voyage to the South Sea, undertaken by command of His Majesty, for the purpose of conveying the bread-fruit tree to the West Indies, in His Majesty's Ship the Bounty including an account of the mutiny on board the said ship, and the subsequent voyage of part of the crew.

London: George Nicol, 1792.

Price: $8,500.00


About the item

First edition. Stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece of Bligh by J. Condé after J. Russell, seven engraved plates, charts, and plans (comprising one plate of a breadfruit, two folding plans, four charts [three folding]). [x], 264 pp. 4to. Modern half russia and marbled paper covered boards, spine gilt. Restoration to folding plates, one folding plate with minor staining. Hill 135; Sabin 5910; Ferguson 125; Wantrup 62a; O'Reilly-Reitman 550.

Item #367079

The full official account of the Bounty expedition, the famous mutiny, and Bligh's miraculous navigation to safety. This work "includes a revised version of the text of Bligh's narrative of the mutiny, previously published in London in 1790 ... This account was based upon Bligh's journal but was written, edited and seen through the press by James Burney, under the supervision of Sir Joseph Banks, during Bligh's absence from London while on his second breadfruit voyage on the Providence" (Hill). The most remarkable part of the narrative is undoubtedly Bligh's account of the voyage in the Bounty's twenty-three-foot launch. His achievement of safely navigating an open vessel packed with nineteen men a distance of four thousand miles without serious mishap is almost without parallel in the history of ocean travel.