First printing of the first novel in Nordhoff and Hall's Bounty trilogy, in the rare first-issue dust jacket.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
"You must know how open I am to mercy and compassion, but, by God, sir, such qualities are wasted here! Rule them with a hand of iron! Rule them by fear!"
Classic sea adventure tale, based on the experiences of mutineer Peter Heywood (fictionalized herein as narrator Roger Byam) and thus heavily slanted to give a romanticized, hero-worshipful portrait of the ever-"courteous" rebel Fletcher Christian and a rather unkind view of Captain William Bligh, indelibly inscribed in the popular imagination as a tyrannical persecutor and ill-mannered table companion due in no small part to the extreme success of Nordhoff & Hall's work. The novel was adapted for the screen three times: first in 1933, starring Errol Flynn; again just two years later, in the Academy Award-winning Clark Gable/Charles Laughton production; and again in 1962, featuring a mutinous Marlon Brando overthrowing the harsh rule of Trevor Howard. (The 1984 "The Bounty," a revisionist effort at greater historical fidelity to actual events, owed substantially less to the novel as source material and starred a deeply aggrieved Mel Gibson, about whom the less said the better.)
A lovely copy of the scarce first issue.
Read more: Ahearn, Collected Books.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1932. 8'' x 5.5''. Original blue cloth, stamped in white and silver with a ship on water design. In original price-clipped dust jacket, designed by Henry G. Pitz; no reviews to rear flap. Plain endpapers. xii, 396 pages. Contemporary gift inscription and small bookseller stamp to front endpaper. Mild wear to boards at extremities. Two small closed tears to and mild creasing to jacket panels; slight chipping to spine ends. Faint toning to spine and margins of rear panel.
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