Rélation de l'Enlevement du Navire Le Bounty, appartenant au Roi d'Angleterre, & commandé par le Lieutenant Guillaume Bligh; avec le Voyage subsequent de cet Officier & d'une partie de son equipage dans sa Chaloupe…. William BLIGH.

Rélation de l'Enlevement du Navire Le Bounty…
Rélation de l'Enlevement du Navire Le Bounty, appartenant au Roi d'Angleterre, & commandé par le Lieutenant Guillaume Bligh; avec le Voyage subsequent de cet Officier & d'une partie de son equipage dans sa Chaloupe…

Paris, Firmin Didot: & Amsterdam, Gabriel Dufour, 1790.

Octavo, with three folding maps; contemporary French quarter calf, spine gilt with ship decorations.

Lieutenant Hamelin's copy of Bligh's account of the mutiny on the Bounty

First French edition of Bligh's own account of the mutiny on the Bounty, the most notorious incident in maritime history. This was first published in English two years before the full account of the voyage as Bligh had been anxious for an account of the mutiny itself to be available to present copies to the Lords of the Admiralty before the court-martial of the mutineers, to absolve himself from blame and to safeguard his own reputation. This first continental version, published in the same year, was translated by Daniel Escallier who adds a preface in which.he introduces the story of Bligh and the Bounty, and explains why he has dispensed with the frontispiece plan of the open boat from the London edition, replacing it with a table of dimensions. The work includes good versions of the three original charts, newly engraved. Had Fletcher Christian been reading books from Paris at this time he might have been surprised to see his famous lament to Bligh rendered as 'Je suis en enfer, je suis en enfer'.

First French edition of Bligh's own account of the mutiny on the Bounty, the most notorious incident in maritime history. This was first published in English two years before the full account of the voyage as Bligh had been anxious for an account of the mutiny itself to be available to present copies to the Lords of the Admiralty before the court-martial of the mutineers, to absolve himself from blame and to safeguard his own reputation. This first continental version, published in the same year, was translated by Daniel Escallier who adds a preface in which.he introduces the story of Bligh and the Bounty, and explains why he has dispensed with the frontispiece plan of the open boat from the London edition, replacing it with a table of dimensions. The work includes good versions of the three original charts, newly engraved. Had Fletcher Christian been reading books from Paris at this time he might have been surprised to see his famous lament to Bligh rendered as 'Je suis en enfer, je suis en enfer'.

This is a most appealing association copy, having belonged to the French explorer Jacques Hamelin, after whom Hamelin's Pool, Shark Bay, Western Australia is named. His signature as a young naval lieutenant appears on the front pastedown and again on the title-page. Ten years later he was in command of the Naturaliste, the second ship on Baudin's expedition to the southern lands.

Provenance: Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin (1768-1839, with his signature as lieutenant on title-page).

Ferguson, 73; not in the catalogue of the Hill collection; Kroepelien, 89; O'Reilly-Reitman, 546; Spence, 'Bligh', p. 2.

Condition Report: A few stains, one affecting the wide open-boat voyage chart; neat repair to spine and joints rubbed, but an attractive copy.

Price (AUD): $7,200.00

US$5,146.89   Other currencies

Ref: #5000436

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