A Voyage to the South Seas, in the Years 1740-1. Containing …

BULKELEY, John, and John CUMMINS. A Voyage to the South Seas, in the Years 1740-1. Containing A Faithful Narrative of the Loss of His Majesty's Ship the Wager on A Desolate Island … Th….

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BULKELEY, John, and John CUMMINS. A Voyage to the South Seas, in the Years 1740-1. Containing A Faithful Narrative of the Loss of His Majesty's Ship the Wager on A Desolate Island … The Whole Compiled by Persons Concerned in the Facts Related. London, Jacob Robinson, 1743.

8vo. Modern full calf with red morocco lettering-piece; pp. xx, 220, two woodcut head-pieces, two metal-cut initials; printed on thick paper; a little spotted throughout, contemporary inked out ownership inscription at head of title; nevertheless, a very attractive copy.
First edition, the verion with the author's name on the title-page (priority not established). One of the most harrowing naval disasters of the 18th century, ensuing shipwreck on a remote island, mutiny and extreme hardship and survival through determination and resilience, told by the two leading mutineers themselves. At the moment of catalogueing Martin Scorsese is turning this story into a movie.

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