London: Printed for George Nicol. Bookseller to His Majesty, Pall-Mall, 1790. First edition. 88pp. Quarto [28.5 cm] Rebound in 3/4 sheep over gray boards with new endpapers. A few tissue repairs to the first fold-out. The pages are quite bright. Folding frontispiece, 3 charts (2 fold-out). Very good. Item #56835
Wiiliam Bligh served under James Cook on Cook's third and final voyage to the South Seas. In 1787, Bligh's Bounty voyage set sail for the purpose of acquiring Tahitian breadfruit for the slaves of Caribbean plant owners. In late April of 1789, Bligh's first mate, along with a number of supporters, mutinied. In "Narrative of the Mutiny," published several months after his return to England, Bligh argues that the hedonistic pleasures of the South Seas brought about the mutiny.