Rare First Edition of Lay and Hussey’s Narrative of the Mutiny on the Whaleship Globe of Nantucket
Lay, William and Cyrus M. Hussey. A NARRATIVE OF THE MUTINY ON BOARD THE SHIP GLOBE, OF NANTUCKET, IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN, JAN. 1824. AND THE JOURNAL OF A RESIDENCE OF TWO YEARS ON THE MULGRAVE ISLANDS New London. 1828. Published by the authors. 168 pp. First edition.
This rare narrative relates the bloody mutiny and murders perpetrated by harpooner and boatsteerer Samuel Comstock, who was himself murdered by four distrustful fellow mutineers. Other crew members who were not part of the mutiny stole the ship and sailed to Valparaiso. Of the remaining crew who were stranded on Mili Atoll in the Mulgrave Islands, Lay and Hussey were the only survivors of a massacre by the natives. They were later rescued by the U.S. Schooner Dolphin.
Original or early binding in full calf with minor restoration to the gilt ruled and titled spine.
A very good copy of this exceedingly rare book. Minimal foxing and minor water staining.