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A VOYAGE TO THE SOUTH SEA, UNDERTAKEN BY COMMAND OF HIS MAJESTY

Bligh, William Bligh, William. 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, COMMANDED BY LIEUTENANT WILLIAM BLIGH, 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, FROM TOFOA, ONE OF THE FRIENDLY ISLANDS, TO TIMOR, A DUTCH STTLEMENT IN THE EAST INDIES. THE WHOLE ILLUSTRATED WITH CHARTS, &C. George Nichol, London, 1792. Quarto (sheets 12 x 9 1/4 inches), rebound in modern half-leather over marbled boards, with replacement of the preliminary blank sheets, but otherwise complete. Frontispiece protrait of Bligh, engraved by Conde after a painting by J. Russell, Title, Advertisement, Contents, List of Plates (seven, in addition to the frontis., including Plan and Profile of the Deck of the Bounty (folding), Sections of the Bread-fruit, Plan of Toahroah Harbour (folding), Copy of the draught from which the Bounty's Launch was built (folding), Chart of Islands discovered from the launch, Chart of part of the N.E. coast of New Holland, and Chart of the track of the launch from Tofoa to Timor (folding)), 264pp. text. The First Edition of Bligh's report of the expedition (the Narrative of the mutiny had been published in 1790). Foxing to the portrait, usual offsetting of the portrait to the Title, of the plates at their folds and to adjacent pages, occasional foxing and browning within the text, small marginal losses, and repairs to the chart of the discovered islands at page 179, considerable foxing and browning to the chart of New Holland at Page 239, else a very good copy of this extremely important account of scientific endeavor, discovery and mapping of new lands, mutiny, survival at sea, and masterul seamanship.