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

Captain Bligh’s Own Account of the Mutiny on the “Bounty”

BLIGH, William. 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: Printed for George Nicol, 1790.

First edition of Captain Bligh’s own account of the mutiny on the Bounty. Large quarto (12 3/8 x 9 13/16 inches; 315 x 250 mm.). iv, 88 pp. Folding engraved plan (“A Copy of the Draught from which the Bounty’s Launch was built”) by Mackenzie and three engraved charts by J. Walker after W. Harrison, two folding and printed on pale blue paper (“Track of the Bounty’s Launch from Tofoa to Timor by Lieut. William Bligh 1789” (facing p. 1) and “Chart of Bligh’s Islands Discovered by Lt. William Bligh in the Bounty’s Launch” (facing p. 25)). The engraved chart “NE Coast of New Holland by Lieut. Willm. Bligh” (facing p. 45) is not folding or printed on pale blue paper.

Original blue boards, neatly rebacked at an early date. A couple of very small expertly repaired marginal tears. Some light foxing, browning, and offsetting. A spectacular and very large copy. Housed in a quarter brown morocco clamshell case.

“The most famous voyage in recent history was that made by Lieutenant William Bligh in HMS Bounty. Everyone knows that the Bounty’s crew, led by Fletcher Christian, mutinied and set Bligh and eighteen loyal crewmen adrift in a 23-foot launch shortly after the ship had left Tahiti in April 1789. In their small boat Bligh and his companions made a remarkable journey of more than three and a half thousand miles from Tofoa to Timor in six weeks over largely uncharted waters. What is not so well known is that 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—an extraordinary feat of seamanship. Bligh’s account of the mutiny and his journey in the launch was published in London the following year as A Narrative of the Mutiny, on board His Majesty’s Ship Bounty…In 1792 his narrative was revised in the official account of the Bounty’s voyage published in London by George Nicol, A Voyage to the South Sea” (Wantrup, p. 128).

Ferguson, Australia, 71. Hill I, p. 26. Sabin 5908a. Wantrup 61. Item #00503

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