"THE GENTLE ISLAND, AND THE GENIAL SOIL,/ THE FRIENDLY HEARTS, THE FEASTS WITHOUT A TOIL" (BYRON): A DESCRIPTION OF PITCAIRN'S ISLAND, 1832 AMERICAN EDITION, WITH TWO ENGRAVINGS
(BOUNTY MUTINY) [BARROW, Admiral John]. A Description of Pitcairn's Island and Its Inhabitants with an Authentic Account of the Mutiny of the Ship Bounty, and of the Subsequent Fortunes of the Mutineers. New-York: J. & J. Harper, 1832. 16mo, original printed tan muslin over boards rebacked. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $1250.
First American edition of this account of the Bounty mutiny, with two engraved illustrations, including one by "Alexander Smith," the alias of John Adams, one of the mutineers and later governor of the English settlement on Pitcairn Island.
This volume recounts the history of the mutiny on the Bounty while on a voyage to convey the bread-fruit tree to the West Indies. In 1790 nine mutineers from the Bounty, along with the native Tahitian men and women who accompanied them (six men, 11 women, and a baby girl), settled on Pitcairn's Island and set fire to the ship. The small colony was not visited by another ship until 1808, and by the time a British flotilla of two ships arrived in 1814, only John Adams of the original mutineers remained alive. (He was granted amnesty for his part in the mutiny.). First published in London by Murray in 1831 under the title The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty: Its Cause and Consequences. This is Volume 31 of Harper's Family Library (each volume issued separately). With three leaves of publisher's advertisements bound in at the front. Shaw & Shoemaker 1121. Sabin 3663. Early owner ink signatures, early bookseller ink stamp.
Some foxing to text, expert restoration to original boards. A very good copy of this scarce volume, desirable in the original printed cloth boards.