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Author Name:    BLIGH, William, Captain). TOOHEY, John.

Title:   Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare. From the Bounty to safety -- 4,162 miles across the Pacific in a rowing boat. First American Edition in dustjacket.

Publisher:    HarperCollins, New York, 2000, ISBN:0060195320 

Seller ID:   110720

(BLIGH, William, Captain). TOOHEY, John. Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare. [Dj adds: "From the Bounty to safety -- 4,162 miles across the Pacific ina rowing boat"]. (New York): HarperCollins Publishers, (2000). First Ameri can Printing. Pp. (6),vii,(5),[1]-211,(1). 8vo, red cloth spine, white paper covered boards, silver lettering to spine. At dawn on April 28, 1789, Captain William Bligh and eighteen men from HMS Bounty were herded onto a twenty-three-foot launch and abandoned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Thusbegan their extraordinary journey to Java. Covering 4,162 miles, the small boat was battered by continuous storms, and the men on board suffered crip pling illness, near starvation, and attacks by islanders. The journey was one of the greatest achievements in the history of European seafaring and a personal triumph for a man who has been misjudged by history. 'Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare' reveals Bligh's great mapmaking skills, used to particular effect while he was exploring with Captain Cook. We discover his guilt over Cook's death at Kealakekua Bay. We learn of the failure of the Bounty expedition and the myths that surround it, the trials and retributions that followed Bligh's return to England, his successes as a navigator and as a vice-admiral fihgting next to Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen." - from the dustjacket. Remainder mark to bottom edge, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 15.00


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