William L. Clements Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1st.ed., 1996. Special Edition, Limited to 500 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. MINT. This is the most important work to appear on the BOUNTY affair for decades, and this is a Mint copy 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 – that of the BOUNTY in 1789 - making this new find all the more relevant 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 The English author, Walter Hayes, began five years of research which led him to further unpublished letters and documents.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 a 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.