2 BLIGH, W. Relation de l'enlevement du navire Le Bounty. 106


Description: BLIGH, William.

Relation de l'enlevement du navire Le Bounty.
Paris, Firmin Didot; Amsterdam, Gabriel Dufour, 1790. 8vo. With 3 engraved folding charts, including a large chart showing the route of the voyage (16 x 55 cm), a folding chart of "Bligh's islands" (the Fiji Islands) and chart of the north-east coast of "New Holland" (Australia). Contemporary half tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine.
€ 1,950

First edition in French, of William Bligh's account of his voyage to Tahiti as commander of the Bounty, of the mutiny on board the ship and the subsequent voyage of part of the crew in a small boat, "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history" (Hill).
In 1787, the English naval officer William Bligh (1754-1817), who had accompanied Captain Cook on his third voyage to the Pacific, was sent off to the Pacific for the purpose of introducing breadfruit trees from the South Sea Islands to the West Indies as cheap food for the slaves. After spending five months at Tahiti, he set sail for the Caribbean by way of Tonga, where the famous mutiny took place. Bligh and 18 of his men were set adrift in the ship's small launch boat and made a remarkable voyage to Timor, more than 6.5 kilometres away. "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 [= Australia] as he passed along it" (Wantrup).
With library stamp on flyleaf. Prominent waterstain throughout in the lower margin, affecting two of the maps, one map restored and all maps somewhat foxed. Fair copy. Binding slightly soiled and worn at the foot of the front board, otherwise still good.
Ferguson 73; O'Reilly & Reitman 542; cf. Hill 132-139; Howgego, to 1800, B107; Wantrup 6 & pp. 128-129.
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