London: Printed for George Nicol, 1792. 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]). Quarto. Expertly bound to style in half 18th-century russia and contemporary marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco label. Very good. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM52276
The full official account of the Bounty expedition, the famous mutiny, and Bligh's miraculous navigation to safety, in a fine, uncut copy. 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. This copy is a lovely, wide-margined example. COX II, p.305. DU RIETZ 93. FERGUSON 125. HILL 135. MENDELSSOHN II:1117. SABIN 5910. WANTRUP 62a.