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A Narrative of the Mutiny, on board His Majesty's Ship Bounty; and the Subsequent Voyage of Part of the Crew, in the Ship’s Boat, from Tofoa, One of the Friendly Islands, to Timor, a Dutch Settlement in the East Indies. Illustrated with Charts.

London: for George Nicol, 1790.

Price: $10,000.00


About the item

First Edition. Folding engraved frontispiece plan of the Bounty's twenty-three-foot launch and three engraved charts (two folding) after William Harrison, engraved by J. Walker. iv,88pp. Uncut. 1 vols. 4to. Publisher's blue-paper covered boards, sympathetically rebacked. Endpapers renewed, extraneous creases to the folding plate. Provenance: Henry Platt Bristol (bookplate). Ferguson 71; Hill 132; Kroepelien 87; Wantrup 61; Sabin 5908a.

Item #367080

First edition of Bligh's account of the famous mutiny and the incredible voyage which followed. Although the mutiny is now the best known incident, the most remarkable part of the narrative is undoubtedly Bligh's account of the voyage in the Bounty's 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. He not only piloted the boat to safety, but "In the course of this hazardous journey Bligh took the opportunity to chart and name parts of the unknown north-east coast of New Holland as he passed along it" (Wantrup, p.128). The resulting chart of the "NE Coast of New Holland" was first published in the present work.