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A Complete set of The Bligh Court Martial Pamphlets, one Inscribed by Bligh.
London For George Nicol and others -1795 1794 - Comprising: [BARNEY, Stephen, and Edward Christian]. Minutes of the Proceedings of the Court-Martial held at Portsmouth, August 12, 1792 on Ten Persons charged with Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship the Bounty. With an Appendix containing a full account of the real causes and circumstances of that unhappy transaction, the most material of which have hitherto been withheld from the Public. J. Deighton, 1794. 4to., First edition, rare. [iv], 79 pp., 1 line erratum at foot of last page, ownership signature of Edward Cotton on advertisement leaf. [Hill (2004) 1162; Ferguson 175; Parsons Collection 158]. BLIGH, Captain William. An Answer to Certain Assertions contained in The Appendix to a Pamphlet, entitled Minutes of the Proceedings of the Court-Martial held at Portsmouth, August 12th, 1792, on Ten Persons charged with Mutiny on Board his Majesty's Ship the Bounty. Printed for G. Nicol, 1794. 4to., First edition, rare. A presentation copy inscribed by Bligh (From the author | Mr Cotton), [ii], 31 pp. [Ferguson 176; Parsons Collection 159; not in Hill]. CHRISTIAN, Edward. A short reply to Capt. William Bligh's Answer. J. Deighton, 1795. 4to., First edition, exceptionally rare, 11 pp., last leaf in expert type facsimile on old paper. [Ferguson 218; not in Hill (but cf.143, modern reprint) or Parsons Collection], title slightly soiled. Uniformly bound in modern red straight-grained morocco gilt, slipcases, light soiling to titles, a very handsomely presented set of three items, rarely seen. A superb set of books of great rarity, vividly describing the most notorious episode in British naval history. Examples of books by Bligh inscribed by him rarely appear on the market. We do not know of any other copies of An Answer to Certain Assertions inscribed by Bligh. In 1789, A gang of disgruntled sailors commandeered the 90ft Bounty, rebelling against their captain, William Bligh, following a research voyage to Tahiti to collect plants. Led by ship's mate Christian Fletcher, the mutineers cast Bligh and 19 of his loyal sailors adrift in a rowing boat before escaping to Pitcairn Island where they planned to settle. They set fire to the Bounty to cover their tracks. But their crimes caught up with them two years later when, after news of the mutiny reached Britain, a ship was dispatched to arrest the mutineers. After rounding up 14 out of 23 of them, they were imprisoned in a makeshift cell on the deck of HMS Pandora. Four died along with 31 crewmen when the ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef, but the remaining ten prisoners were returned to Britain to face court martial in Portsmouth. This sensational trial led to three pamphlets, the first by Barney, with an appendix by Flertcher Christian's brother, Edward, in which Christian seeks to justify the mutiny; the second by Bligh in which he defends himself, and the third by Christian replying to Bligh's defence. Bligh had already returned to England in 1790 not as the man who had lost his ship to mutineers, but as the courageous hero who had sailed his men to safety in an open boat over 3,600 miles with scant provisions and navigational equipment. This must rank as the greatest row to in maritime history, perhaps only approached by Worsley's epic voyage in the south Atlantic on Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The sensational news of his ordeal, elevated him to celebrity status. The Minutes of. the Court-Martial is, according to Parsons, "a legendary Pacific rarity". Hill notes that "only a few copies were printed for distribution among the interested parties and the ministers of state at that time". The work gives an account of the trial of the members of the Bounty crew who were captured and repatriated; the minutes were taken by Stephen Barney, who was representing William Musprat. The Appendix is by Edward Christian, and is a vindication of his brother Fletcher's conduct in the affair. Christian had represented his brother Fletcher as a tormented romantic figure, which did [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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