Title PANDORA'S LAST VOYAGE.
Publisher Longmans, London, 1963, first edition.
Seller ID 23726
165 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates, maps. "In 1791, H.M.S. Pandora was sent to the Pacific to find the notorious Bounty and bring the mutineers back to justice in England. Though Pandora never found the object of her mi ssion and failed to apprehend the main party on Pitcairn Island, she eventually rounded up those of the mutineers who had elected to stay on Tahiti. These had to face Pandora's brutal Captain Edwards, and some were inexcusably lost, drowned i n t h e i r manacles when Pandora ran on to a reef. The wreck was succeeded by a hazardous and astonishing passage in open boats to safety - to trial and possible death. Contemporary documents form the basis of (this) rousing account of the voy ag e, of P an do ra's crew and of her prisoners; of the Bounty midshipman George Stewart who married a beautiful Tahitian and whose romance was celebrated by Byron; of Mary Bryant, the girl convict from Botany Bay; and of the aimiable people of th e ' Isl a nd Par adi ses ' to whom the coming of ships' crews to the South Seas brought little but sorrow and degradation. Set against a background of perilous reefs and uncharted tropical seas, their story has all the power of history, and the pac e an d ex ci tme nt o f ad vent ure." Minor bump at top of spine, previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light wrinkling at top of spine and top/bottom of flap-folds, light rubbing/soiling on rear panel , lig ht brow ning at bo ttom edge of flaps. Very Good+/Very Good