NE Coast of New Holland. William Bligh.

NE Coast of New Holland.

London: G. Nicol, 1790. First edition. This remarkable chart of the Cape York Penninsula, North Queensland, was first published in the first edition of Bligh's account of the infamous mutiny. It was charted during Bligh's death-defying journey across 4000 miles of open seas in the Bounty's launch. Despite departing under such dire circumstances, Bligh piloted the launch to safety in Timor. "In the course of this hazardous journey Bligh took the opportunity to chart and name parts of the unknown north-east coast of New Holland as he passed along it" (Wantrup, p.128). One wonders at his continued attention to such detail, in which he charts the Cape York Penninsula. The book is entitled "A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty' and the Subsequent Voyage of Part of the Crew, in the Ship's Boat, from Tofoa, One of the Friendly Islands, To Timor..." The map is not listed in Tooley, but should be. The book references: Ferguson 71; Wantrup 61; Hill 132; Kroepelian 87. Image size 7 1/2 x 10 1/2" with large margins, 11 x 15" Item #12070

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