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BLIGH, William (1754-1817). A Voyage to the South Sea, undertaken 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 said Ship, and the Subsequent Voyage of part of the Crew, London: Printed for George Nicol, 1792. 4° (323 x 255mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait and 7 folding engraved maps, charts and plates. (Portrait, title and advertisement leaf in facsimile). Modern half calf gilt, uncut.
UNIQUE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION with 18-pages of manuscript notes, c. 1825, filling the margins, continuing the account of Fletcher Christian and the remaining mutineers and Tahitians on Pitcairn Island to 1824, taken from contemporary accounts including Mathew Folger in 'Topaz' 1808, Thomas Staines in 'Briton' 1814 and others but not including the new material in John Barrow's 1831 history of the mutiny, or in Capt. Beechey's voyage in the 'Blossom' 1831. With a 5-page typed transcription. Hill p. 27.
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