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[BLIGH]. BARNEY, Stephen & CHRISTIAN, Edward.

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 ha

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London, J. Deighton, 1794

The account of the sensational trial of the Bounty mutineers. A legendary Pacific rarity.

In 1789, a gang of disgruntled sailors commandeered the ninety-foot 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 nineteen 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 fourteen out of twenty-three of them, they were imprisoned in a makeshift cell on the deck of HMS Pandora. Four died along with thirty-one crewmen when the ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef, but the remaining ten prisoners

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First edition. 4to (32 x 25.5 cms), [iv], 79pp. One line erratum at foot of last page, a superb copy, stitched as issued, completely uncut, with very large margins; title lightly dust-soiled, a few minor marginal nicks, preserved in modern calf-backed book-form box.


Hill (2004), 1162; Ferguson 175; Parsons Collection, 158.

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