A Voyage Round the World in his Majesty's Frigate Pandora. Performed under the direction of Captain Edwards in the years 1790, 1791 and 1792. With the discoveries made in the South-Sea; and the many distresses experienced by the crew from shipwreck and famine, in a voyage of eleven hundred miles in open boats, between Endeavour Straits and the island of Timor…. George HAMILTON.
A Voyage Round the World in his Majesty's Frigate Pandora. Performed under the direction of Captain Edwards in the years 1790, 1791 and 1792. With the discoveries made in the South-Sea; and the many distresses experienced by the crew from shipwreck and famine, in a voyage of eleven hundred miles in open boats, between Endeavour Straits and the island of Timor…

A Voyage Round the World in his Majesty's Frigate Pandora.
A Voyage Round the World in his Majesty's Frigate Pandora. Performed under the direction of Captain Edwards in the years 1790, 1791 and 1792. With the discoveries made in the South-Sea; and the many distresses experienced by the crew from shipwreck and famine, in a voyage of eleven hundred miles in open boats, between Endeavour Straits and the island of Timor…

Berwick: W. Phorson, 1793.

Octavo, engraved frontispiece portrait of the author; an appealing copy in a good early tan calf binding, gilt banded spine with dark label.

The arrest of the Bounty mutineers, and a wreck on the Great Barrier Reef

Rare first edition: the account of the doomed Pandora voyage to the Pacific in search of the Bounty mutineers, written by the ship's surgeon, who survived shipwreck and a terrible open-boat voyage to safety. Hamilton writes in an easy, amusing fashion, and this is one of the most personal of eighteenth-century voyage accounts: it would certainly have entertained the contemporary reader, and helped set the tone for the many medical-voyagers who would publish their own books in the nineteenth century. Recent research has underlined the importance of Hamilton's account to the history of the Pandora voyage and to the rediscovery of the ship's wreck.

Rare first edition: the account of the doomed Pandora voyage to the Pacific in search of the Bounty mutineers, written by the ship's surgeon, who survived shipwreck and a terrible open-boat voyage to safety. Hamilton writes in an easy, amusing fashion, and this is one of the most personal of eighteenth-century voyage accounts: it would certainly have entertained the contemporary reader, and helped set the tone for the many medical-voyagers who would publish their own books in the nineteenth century. Recent research has underlined the importance of Hamilton's account to the history of the Pandora voyage and to the rediscovery of the ship's wreck.
William Bligh had returned to England in 1790 and the Admiralty immediately commissioned the Pandora to search for and arrest the Bounty mutineers. Hamilton's is the only full contemporary account of the voyage, which succeeded in arresting 14 of Bligh's former crew in Tahiti. The remainder of the cruise of the Pandora was ill-fated: it is now thought likely that the officers failed to recognise a distress signal from the La Pérouse survivors while sailing in the Santa Cruz Group, and not long after the vessel was wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef while attempting to sail the Endeavour Strait. As the ship foundered Captain Edwards had left the prisoners locked up in the infamous "Pandora's box" on deck to drown, but the master-of-arms dropped keys to them and ten made it to safety. Just like Bligh and the loyal Bounty sailors, Edwards and his men now faced a gruelling open-boat voyage to Dutch colonies: the survivors ultimately landed in Timor (Bligh had sailed for Batavia). The expedition did make some discoveries, including some survey work of the Strait in order to determine the best passage to Botany Bay, but also failed, of course, to find the remaining mutineers on Pitcairn Island.
This is now a very scarce book on the market. It was republished as a facsimile in the Australian Maritime Series in 1998.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Ferguson, 151; Hill, 766.

Price (AUD): $16,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504393

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