Rawson, Geoffrey.


1st.ed., 1930. (Viii) + 244 pp., frontis + 7 other plates + a map (fldg.). D.j., 22 x 15cm. Foxing as usual, chiefly to edges, a few tears in (uncommon) dust-jacket o/w V.G.+. This is an excellent biography of William Bligh who shot to public notice following his removal by force from the BOUNTY in 1789, but even without this episode in his life, Bligh's career was a remarkable one. Rawson divides his book into four parts. The first covers Bligh's early years and includes his voyage with Captain Cook, and his action under Hyde Parker at the Dogger Bank. Part II describes the hardships Bligh faced during the years leading up to his command of the BOUNTY ; the mutiny itself ; the epic open-boat voyage ; and the aftermath of the affair ending with the voyage of the PROVIDENCE and ASSISTANT. Part III deals with Bligh's part in two great naval battles : Camperdown under Duncan in 1797, and Copenhagen under Nelson in 1801. The final part concludes with Bligh's no-less stormy career in New South Wales and the Rum Rebellion which marked his third experience of mutiny, as he had been caught up at Spithead in 1797 too.

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