THE CAPTAIN FROM NANTUCKET AND THE MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. A RECOLLECTION OF MAYHEW FOLGER, MARINER, WHO DISCOVERED THE LAST MUTINEER & HIS FAMILY ON PITCAIRN'S ISLAND ; TOGETHER WITH LETTERS & DOCUMENTS NEVER PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED.

Hayes, Walter.


£100.00



The William L. Clements Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1st.ed., 1996. The Special Edition, Limited to 500 numbered copies, this being # 394 & signed by the Author. 144 pp., cold., frontis., + 17 other plates (all cold., or tinted) + 6 facsimiles in 32 pp. Qtr. blue cloth; hessian covers with blue vignette of BOUNTY. Matching slip-case. 27 x 20cm. FINE. Marine & Cannon Books are the sole UK distributors for this book and only a handful of copies remain in stock ; this being the last of the ‘Special Edition' limited to 500 copies, contained in a slip-case, and signed by the late Walter Hayes. Little in the way of new material has come to light in recent years concerning the most famous naval mutiny in history - the BOUNTY affair of 1789 - making this new find all the more important and exciting. The first discovery of the mutineer's hideaway on Pitcairn has received scant attention until now. It concerns the voyage of Mayhew Folger, a Nantucket sealing captain who solved the mystery as to what fate had befallen Fletcher Christian and his fellow-mutineers. A surprise discovery of a hoard of early manuscripts, letters and ephemera in Philadelphia brought to light Folger's story. The English author, Walter Hayes, began five years of research which led him to further unpublished letters and documents. Folger was master of the first Salem vessel to sail round the world. He was prisoner of the Spaniards in Peru and amid much personal misfortune took the trouble to report the fate of the BOUNTY mutineers to the Royal Navy stationed in South America. He treasured the BOUNTY'S chronometer and its azimuth compass and although his country was at war with Great Britain, he returned them to the Admiralty in London. Illustrated with 17 coloured and tinted plates plus 32 pages of facsimiles. A few copies of the ‘standard edition' are also available at £75.00 each. THE FIRST DISCOVERY OF JOHN ADAMS AND THE FATE OF THE


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