# 15899

HAMILTON, George, fl. 1789-1790

[BOUNTY] Reise um die Welt in der Königlichen Fregatte Pandora unter Auführung des Kapitains Edwards, während der Jahre 1790, 1791 und 1792. Nebst Entdeckungen in der Südsee … …

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Berlin : In der Vossischen Buchhandlung, 1794. Octavo, contemporary half calf over papered boards (rubbed), spine with raised bands and contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt (worn); front pastedown with nineteenth century stamp and label of the Marinens Bibliotek (Copenhagen) and twentieth century bookplate of S. Hansen, front free-endpaper with Marinens Bibliotek stamp and pencilled ownership signature of Hansen, title and page 3 with Marinens Bibliotek stamps, pp 104; a very good copy.

First German translation of George Hamilton’s A voyage round the world in His Majesty’s Frigate Pandora (1793). Hamilton was surgeon aboard the Pandora, under Captain Edwards, which was sent to track down mutineers from the Bounty.

‘In 1791, the expedition arrived at Tahiti and arrested fourteen of the mutineers. A cage constructed on the quarterdeck of the ship to hold the prisoners was nicknamed ‘Pandora’s Box’… Later in the voyage, the ship was wrecked on the Pandora Reef in Endeavour Strait. Captain Edwards left the prisoners to drown, but the master-at-arms dropped the keys to the mutineers and ten of the fourteen survived. Returning to England in 1792, the mutineers were tried by court martial; three were hanged, the rest acquitted or pardoned’ (Hill).

Ferguson, 182.

Copies are recorded in four Australian collections (National Library of Australia; State Library of New South Wales; State Library of Victoria; University of Melbourne Library)