The Voyage of the Bounty Launch: John Fryer's narrative with an introduction by Steven Walters. John FRYER.

The Voyage of the Bounty Launch: John Fryer's narrative with an introduction by Steven Walters

Surrey: Genesis Publications Ltd., 1979.

Octavo, black & white illustrations and a folding map; in half blue calf binding by Zaehnsdorf, spine gilt within five raised bands, in a custom made cardboard slip case. Limited edition 341 of 500 signed copies.

The book prints Fryer's complete original journal, which gives a narrative of the events on the Bounty leading up to the mutiny, and of Fryer's experiences in the Bounty's launch under Bligh's command following the mutiny of 1789 and the casting adrift by Fletcher Christian. Fryer had been master of the Bounty: although he remained loyal to Bligh, he and his captain did not get on well: Bligh promoted Christian to acting lieutenant over Fryer's head.

The book prints Fryer's complete original journal, which gives a narrative of the events on the Bounty leading up to the mutiny, and of Fryer's experiences in the Bounty's launch under Bligh's command following the mutiny of 1789 and the casting adrift by Fletcher Christian. Fryer had been master of the Bounty: although he remained loyal to Bligh, he and his captain did not get on well: Bligh promoted Christian to acting lieutenant over Fryer's head.

Fryer was not much liked by the other members of the Bounty's crew, and was quickly ordered into the boat when the mutiny broke. Even in the boat Fryer was at odds with his commander and at one point, along with the carpenter, even tried to overpower Bligh in what was actually a second mutiny. On their return to England Bligh threatened them both with courts-martial but for some reason he relented in Fryer's case and only Purcell, the carpenter, faced charges. Fryer declined the invitation to give evidence against Bligh at his court-martial.

Condition Report: A fine copy.

Price (AUD): $450.00

US$329.40   Other currencies

Ref: #4107562

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