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Mutiny on the Bounty
William Bligh, 1790
BLIGH, William (1754-1817). A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty. London: for George Nicol, 1790.

First edition of Captain Bligh's own account of the mutiny against him. When Fletcher Christian and twenty-four crew mutinied near Tonga on the Bounty's homeward voyage, Bligh and eighteen loyal men were forced to cast off in the ship's launch. Armed only with a compass, a quadrant, and a chronometer, Bligh famously navigated over 4,000 miles of open water through Fiji, up the Australian coast and through the Torres Straits to Timor. Hill 132; Ferguson 71.

Quarto (314 x 235mm). Engraved folding plan of the Bounty's launch, 3 engraved maps, 2 of which folding (some offsetting to text leaves from engravings, a few spots). Modern boards. Provenance: Donald Logan (ownership inscription on title).

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