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  • The Mutineer – A Romance of Pitcairn Island – Louis Becke and Walter Jeffrey – First Colonial (Australian) Edition 1898.

    Likely technically the first edition is the London issue of that year. The first and this issue the first Colonial issue by Angus & Robertson both extremely scarce.

    Octavo, 298 pages plus Publishers catalogue. Original dark green cloth covered binding, gilt title to spine. The odd mark to the boards, missing front free end paper and occasional light ageing. Otherwise really not bad and, try to find another one.

    George Lewis Becke (1855-1913) was born at Port Macquarie and must be regarded as the best Australian author of the period in the genre adventure … South Seas … historical based fiction. He has been compared with Robert Louis Stevenson, Melville, Kipling, Conrad etc exalted company indeed.

    Becke had the pedigree – from an early age he escaped to the South Pacific … ferried vessels to Bully Hayes, was tried (and acquitted) as a pirate at Brisbane at the age of 19 etc etc.

    Prolific writer once he settled down. This Bounty Mutiny based story one of the later works and a collaboration. Didn’t get into print in the USA as a relationship between different races didn’t fit the then standards.

    With a novel we at Voyager always like a good short helpful first sentence. We have the first paragraph here just to get you into the mood.

    “It was night at Tahiti, in the Society Islands. The trade-wind had died away, and a bright flood of shimmering moonlight poured down upon the slumbering waters of a little harbour a few miles distant from Matavia Bay, and the white curve of beach that fringed the darkened line of palms shone and glistened like a belt of ivory under the effulgence of its rays. For nearly half a mile the broad sweep of dazzling sand showed no interruption nor break upon its surface save at one spot; there it ran out into a long narrow point, on which, under a small cluster of graceful cocos, growing almost at the water’s edge, a canoe was drawn up”.

    Louis Becke’s scarce and somewhat controversial South Seas story.


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  • Captain William Bligh and the Mutiny on the Bounty

    Captain William Bligh and the Mutiny on the Bounty

    The very special Hordern House publication to support the sale of the Parks collection. 133 catalogued items all with a special illustration. Many rare and some unique items.

    Hard bound with dust jacket in very good condition and of a standard as would be expected from Hordern House. A must for any Bountaneer!

    Special Mutiny on the Bounty item


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  • Bligh’s Bad Language – Passion, Power and Theatre on the Bounty – Greg Dening

    Bligh’s Bad Language – Passion, Power and Theatre on the Bounty – Greg Dening

    A first edition of a special Bligh book.

    Published by Cambridge University Press in 1992. Octavo, 445 pages with illustrations, charts and diagrams. A very good copy … as new except for a hint of a score mark on the front dust jacket, now protected in Brodart.

    What was going on in England and in the Navy. Was Bligh bad tempered of just ill prepared for what unfolded. Dening a Professor of History at the upmarket Melbourne University provides and extensive view on the reality of the Bounty Mutiny …

    Bligh misunderstood and misunderstanding


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  • Bligh – Master Mariner – Rob Mundle

    Bligh – Master Mariner – Rob Mundle

    A fine first edition of Rob Mundle’s excellent hardback book on Bligh. Large octavo, 368 pages with end paper illustrations and coloured illustrations inside. Published by Hachette, Sydney in 2010. Very good condition.

    The writer, a sailor from a sailing family writes about Bligh with a focus on detail and Bligh’s unrivalled skill as a navigator.

    He was at the forefront at an early age. With Cook on his fateful third voyage on the Resolution, it was a 24 years old Bligh who took command of the navigation on the voyage home. He was 34 when he found himself in conflict with Fletcher Christian resulting in the epic 47 day open boat voyage from Tonga to Timor. And, 36 when he commanded HMS Pandora around the world … among his company a young Matthew Flinders

    William Bligh – another perspective – and no less enlightening


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  • Bounty / Pitcairn Item –  Harper’s New Monthly Magazine – 1871

    Bounty / Pitcairn Item – Harper’s New Monthly Magazine – 1871

    Bound as one volume Harper’s Magazine from December 1870 to May 1871. Small quarto, 952 pages bound in half black leather worn but strong, page edges speckled red.

    The usual smorgasbord of 19th century articles. The star is a 15 page illustrated article on the Pitcairn Islanders largely based on Lady Belchers book

    Unusual Bounty/ Pitcairn item often overlooked


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  • A Young Pitcairn Girl – Original Hand Coloured Engraving – 1845

    A Young Pitcairn Girl – Original Hand Coloured Engraving – 1845

    A beautiful hand coloured engraving from Die Volker des Erdballs ….The Peoples of the Globe According to their Descent and Kindship by German geographer Heinrich Karl Wilhelm Berghaus (1797-1884).

    Junges Madchen von Pitcairn … Young Pitcairn Girl. Finely engraved in steel with vivid colouring and gum Arabic applied to create highlights and depth.

    Good condition the paper 25cm x 16cm … the girl’s image 16cm. Would frame as a nice library item for a Bounty/Pitcairn collector.

    Price $90.00 unframed … enquire if you wish framing options.

    Delightful engraving beautifully coloured


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