Philip Allan & Co. , Ltd, 1934, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, Reprint
William Bligh occupies a peculiar place in his time. He has at different periods & by different parties been pursued with the most unqualified vituperation and loaded with the most unqualified praise. His fortunes took him to every corner of the globe; he was the central figure in most romantic, most heroic & most unsavoury episodes; he was at once a villain & a hero; he was twice deposed by his subordinates and twice re-instated & promoted by his superiors; he figured in several courts martial; he was renowned for his courage & execrated for his brutality; he served his King & country for nigh half a century; he sailed in twenty ships and commanded ten; he was at sea during the whole of his nautical career; he was Cook's sailing master and Nelson's next astern at Copenhagen; he fought under Duncan at Camperdown and at the Battle of the Dogger Bank under Hyde Parker; and he made the most notable boat voyage in the annals of the sea. His courage, skill and resource were not denied, but controversy raged around the character of the man who was held up as the villain of the unhappy and notorious mutiny of the Bounty and who, twenty years later, when Governor of New South Wales, was arrested and confined by his own officers. These were the high lights in Bligh's career which have, perhaps, thrown into shadow the less spectacular but none the less important incidents in a life which was typical of the times in which he lived, and an account of which may, perhaps, elucidate the character and temperament of this remarkable man. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 244 pages. Some minor marks to front cover;. Fading to spine colour. Previous owner's signature in ink. Black titles spine. fading to edges of covers . light blue cloth; illustrated by b/w.fold-out, map & b/w. photo'. plates. Includes bibliography & index. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; Naval History; Maritime; Sea Voyages; 18th century; Ships & the Sea. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 2813.