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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.
London, Printed for George Nicol, Bookseller to his majesty, Pall-Mall, 1790. Large 4to. Early straight-grained blue morocco gilt. One large folding chart of the track by the Bounty´s launch from Tofoa to Timor by William Bligh 1789, a copy of the draught from which the Bounty´s launch was built, chart of the Bligh´s Islands, which includes also a chart of the northern part of the New-Hebrides and a chart of the north east coast of New Holland. IV, 88 pp. The original story of the most famous mutiny. Rare first edition of the English naval officer William Bligh's (1754 - 1817) account on the Mutiny of the Bounty.  In 1787, at the instigation of Sir Joseph Banks (1743 -1820) the English naturalist and traveller and inspiration behind many of the British voyages and discoveries of the late eighteenth century and the famous Lord Sydney, Bligh was sent off to the Pacific for the purpose of introducing bread trees from the south sea islands to the West Indies as cheap food for the slaves. The bread trees were first seen by Captain James Cook at Tahiti. Lord Sydney was responsible for the first settlement in Australia. They first landed at Botany Bay but that area was not suitable as a settlement, so they moved north to Port Jackson, one of the best natural harbours in the world. That is where they settled and later named it Sydney after Lord Sydney, who was also responsible for sending the first ships of convicts to Australia.  After spending five months in Tahiti, Bligh sailed west to the Tonga group. It was there that on the morning of April 28th 1789, the famous mutiny and th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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