Boston: Little, Brown [through 1934], 1932. First Edition. Hardcover. A superb set, complete in three volumes, of the authors' Bounty Trilogy, based on the mutiny against William Bligh, commanding officer of the H.M.S. Bounty, in 1789. First Printings (same publication dates on title and copyright pages) in matching publisher's bindings (navy blue, lime-green, and tangerine, respectively), spines and upper covers lettered in silver and decorated with vignette of Bounty on stylized wave, fore-edges rough-trimmed, illustrated end papers. Demy 8vo (205 x 135mm): xii,396; ,251,; viii,333,pp. Mutiny: Publisher's second-issue binding (first issue had plain end papers), neat contemporary inscription (dated 1932) to verso of dedication page; first-issue dust jacket (with no reviews on rear flap and advertisement for Falcons of France on back panel), beautifully illustrated by Henry G. Pitz and priced $2.50. Near Fine (dust-soiled top edge, lightly shelf-worn, spine lightened a degree); about Fine jacket (mild toning to spine panel with brief professional restoration to crown). Men Against the Sea: About Fine (spine lightened a degree), tightly bound and clean and bright throughout; Near Fine or better illustrated dust jacket (spine panel toned and lightly foxed), priced $2.00. Unaccountably, the most difficult volume of the trilogy to obtain in collectible condition. Pitcairn's Island: Tightly bound (apparently unread) and clean throughout; about Fine illustrated dust jacket (spine panel lightly toned and nicked at crown), priced $2.50. Item #BB2392
Mutiny on the Bounty was filmed twice: in 1935, starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable, and in 1962, starring Marlon Brando. Men Against the Sea first appeared in serial form in The Saturday Evening Post (from November 18, 1933, through December 9, 1933). In this installment of the trilogy, Bligh and eighteen loyal seamen are set adrift by the mutineers in the Bounty's launch, in which they make a 3600-mile voyage to Timor, in the Dutch East Indies. Pitcairn's Island first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post (from 22 September, 1934, through 3 November, 1934). In this final installment, after two unsuccessful attempts to settle on the island of Tubuai, the Bounty mutineers part company. Fletcher Christian and eight men, together with eighteen Polynesians, sail from Tahiti in September, 1789. In 1808, the American sailing vessel Topaz discovers a thriving community of mixed blood on Pitcairn's Island under the rule of "Alexander Smith" (assumed name of John Adams, only survivor of the fifteen men who had landed there eighteen years earlier). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).