BLIGH, William

FIRST EDITION OF CAPTAIN BLIGH’S REPORT OF THE MUNITY ON THE BOUNTY

BLIGH, William. A voyage to the South sea, undertaken by command of His Majesty, for the purpose of conveying the bread-fruit tree to the West Indies, in His Majesty’s ship the Bounty, commanded by Lieutenant William Bligh. Including an account of the mutiny on board the said ship, and the subsequent voyage of part of the crew, in the ship’s boat, from Tofoa, one of the Friendly islands, to Timor, a Dutch settlement in the East Indies.

London, George Nicol, 1792.

£7,250

FIRST EDITION. Large 4o. pp. 264. (1), [i], a4 (1) b4c1 (1) c3d-o4 (1) p-x4y2 (1) y2z42a1 (1) 2a32b-2e42f2 (1) 2f22g42h3 (1) 2h12i-2l4. Engraved portrait frontispiece, one plate and 6 engraved maps and charts (5 folding). Browning and soiling to frontispiece and t-p, and generally throughout the book, especially in proximity of the insertions; some heavey dampstaining to the plates. T-p’s upper corner torn apart and repaired with new paper. E1 repaired and reinforced to margin on verso; T2 with extensive repaired tear to upper margin towards centre, no text loss. In contemporary mottled calf, rebacked, title to gilt spine in six compartments with anchor emblem, corners and a few abrasions repaired. A complete, good copy in a fine binding.

First edition of this work detailing one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of British maritime history. Following a request by West Indian merchants to George III, Sir Joseph Banks recommended that the Admiralty fit out the Bounty for a voyage to collect bread-fruit trees from Tahiti for shipment to the West Indies. Banks also recommended Lieutenant Bligh as commander of the voyage on which Fletcher Christian sailed as the Master’s Mate. Reaching Cape Horn in 1787 and encountering fierce head winds, Bligh retreated across the South Atlantic to round the Cape of Good Hope and sail south to Australia and New Zealand to Tahiti. This is the first official account of the voyage and mutiny, edited from Bligh’s journals by James Burney under the supervision of Sir Joseph Banks while Bligh was on his second bread-fruit voyage. The year of publication also marked the court-martial proceedings against fourteen returned mutineers, three of whom were hanged.

Ferguson 125; Hill 135; Kroepelien 93; NMM 1:624; Sabin 5910. 

CASTILLON, Jean [CHINA]

[CHINA] – CASTILLON, Jean. Anecdotes, chinoises, japonoises, siamoises, tonquinoises, &c., Dans lesquelles on s’est attaché principalement aux moeurs, usages, coutumes, &religions de ces différens peuples de l’Asie.

Paris, Chez Vincent, 1774.

£850

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 422 + 234 + 52 + 32. Roman letter, a little italic, headpieces. In contemporary mottled calf, slight wearing at corners and mild rubbing to board edges, raised bands on gilt spine in six compartments, title on red morocco label, marbled pastedowns. Quires C and D a little browned, occasional light yellowing of page edges, light dampstaining to upper corner of last two gatherings. An exceptionally fine copy, a.e.r.

First edition of this work divided in four parts respectively devoted to China; Japan; Siam, Tonkin and Cochinchina; and a last section on the peoples and kingdoms of “la presqu’isle au-delà du Gange”: Laos and Cambodia.

Barbier I, 179.

MÉRARD DE SAINT-JUST, Anne-Jeanne-Félicité

MÉRARD DE SAINT-JUST, Anne-Jeanne-Félicité (or Anne D’Ormoy). La Corbeille de Fleurs (démence de madame Panor, en son nom Razadelle Saint-Ophelle, suivie d’un conte de fées, d’un fragment d’Antiquès, d’une anecdote villageoise et de quelques couplets).

Paris, F. A. Didot “l’ainé”, [1796].

£6500

Contemporary dark red straight-grained morocco, covers with single gilt rule border, gilt central panel with inverted corners, smooth sine in six compartments, gilt lettered in one, a repeated gilt pattern of circlets and dots in the other, board edges and turn-ins gilt, light blue watered silk linings, silk doublures with gilt vine border and roundel cornerpiece ornaments, g.e., joints cracked, slight rubbing, front free endpaper loose, PRINTED ON VELLUM, PROBABLY ONE OF TWO COPIES extra to the LIMITED EDITION of 25 copies on papier vélin.

Brunet III, 1643; Van Praet, Velins bibl. publ. II, 537 (recording two copies on vellum, one owned by the bookseller M. Chardin).

DEROME, Nicolas-Denis, called Le Jeune, binder. BOILEAU-DESPRÉAUX, Nicolas

THE SCHIFF COPY IN AN EXQUISITE DEROME LE JEUNE BINDING

Poésies

£2750

Paris, Didot l’ainé, 1781.

12mo (134x176mm), pp. [ii] 180, 192. Two vols. in one, contemporary blue-black morocco gilt, covers with border of small leaf, double fillet and fleurs-de-lys rool tools, smooth spine divided into six compartments, gilt-lettered in one, a repeated gilt panel of small tools in the rest, broad edges and turn-ins gilt with circles, small flowers and other rolls, pink silk linings and page markers, a.e.g., by Derome le Jeune, with his ticket, slight wear to upper corners and headcap, modern half morocco chemise and morocco-edged slipcase, half-titles, ornamental woodcut head- and tailpiece decorations.

Provenance

1) Mortimer L. Schiff, bookplate (sale, Sotheby’s, 5 July 1938, lot 660)
2) P. Desq, bookplate.

Seymour de Ricco, French Bindings in the Mortimer L. Schiff Collection (New York and Paris 1935), I. 58. (PL)