Barrow, Sir John - The Mutiny & Piratical Seizure of HMS Bounty. Folio Society, 1977, 2nd impression. This is a copy of the original Society edition.
Sir John Barrow's account of the most famous mutiny in history will astonish every reader whose recollection is merely a hazy compound of Captain Bligh and Mr Christian, of Charles Laughton and Marlon Brando. Barrow was a key figure in the Admiralty of the period, and he had unparalleled access to confidential material (some since lost). He disclaims any personal skill, prefacing the text 'The Editor of this little volume (for he presumes not to write Author)': but his marvellous book was a bestseller of 1841. The mutiny itself, the most widely-known part of the story, is completed by the third chapter; thereafter, each new chapter is a fresh revelation. Bligh's astonishing 4,000 mile voyage in an open boat-the search, years later, for the mutineers, and their capture- the wreck of the Pandora when carrying the unhappy prisoners home in irons (four were deliberately drowned by the callous and sadistic captain) -Midshipman Heywood's miraculous escape-the dramatic court martial and sentences - the battle to reprieve the innocent young Peter Heywood (who died years later as a line captain in Nelson's Navy)-and finally, the accidental discovery of the last surviving mutineer as the aged patriarch of Pitcairn Island. (Folio Society).
8¾" x 5½", 262pp plus 12 plates, dark-blue cloth, front-board and spine blocked in light-blue and gold with decoration, gold blocked spine lettering, hardback. Map endpapers (different). Illustrated with contemporary material in monochrome.
Spine sunned; otherwise fine, probably unread; complete with very good (sunning) slip-case.
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