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BLIGH, William.

BLIGH, William.

Rare books by William Bligh, including first editions and signed first editions of A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty’s Ship Bounty. 

Captain of the Bounty and key figure in the most famous mutiny in history, Bligh’s reputation today is largely based on Charles Laughton’s melodramatic film portrayal of him. While his role in the mutiny may remain controversial, his status as one of the most brilliant seamen of the period ought not to be.

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  1. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;

    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.
    First edition of Bligh's personal account of "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history", published two years before his full official version of the voyage and the mutiny in an effort to influence opinion in his favour, absolving him "from any blame that might be levelled against him because of the incident" (Hill). The story of Fletcher Christian's mutinous commandeering of the Bounty, and the setting adrift of Bligh and his 18 loyal crewmen on a 23-foot launch is a tale known to all. Learn More
    £8,750

    Date of Publication: 1790

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 90805

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  2. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;

    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.
    First edition of Bligh's personal account of "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history", published two years before his full official version of the voyage and the mutiny in an effort to influence opinion in his favour, absolving him "from any blame that might be levelled against him because of the incident" (Hill). The story of Fletcher Christian's mutinous commandeering of the Bounty, and the setting adrift of Bligh and his 18 loyal crewmen on a 23-foot launch is a tale known to all, but "what is not so well known is that in the course of this hazardous journey Bligh took the opportunity to chart and name parts of the unknown north-east coast of New Holland as he passed along it - an extraordinary feat of seamanship" (Wantrup). Learn More
    £8,500

    Date of Publication: 1790

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 92286

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  3. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;

    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.
    First edition of Bligh's (1754-1817) personal account of "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history" (Hill) published two years before his full official version of the voyage and the mutiny in an effort to influence opinion in his favour, absolving him "from any blame that might be levelled against him because of the incident". Learn More
    £8,500

    Date of Publication: 1790

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 92505

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  4. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;

    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.
    First edition of Bligh's personal account of "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history" (Hill), published two years before his full official version of the voyage and the mutiny in an effort to influence opinion in his favour, absolving him "from any blame that might be levelled against him because of the incident" (Hill). Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1790

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109303

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  5. A Voyage to the South Sea,

    A Voyage to the South Sea,

    undertaken by Command of His Majesty, 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 the said Ship, and the Subsequent Voyage of Part of the Crew, in the Ship’s Boat...
    First edition of Bligh's own full account of his voyage which led to the most famous mutiny in the history of the sea. "An extremely important book" (Hill). In mid-1787 Bligh received the command of the Bounty, then being fitted to transport breadfruit and other plants from the South Seas to the West Indies, part of an elaborate scheme to establish large-scale cotton cultivation in the West Indies by transplanting breadfruit and other fruits and vegetables so that plantation owners might feed slaves more cheaply. Learn More
    £10,000

    Date of Publication: 1792

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106153

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