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    Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. Mutiny on the Bounty. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co., 1932. First edition, second state with illustrated endpapers, in the first issue dust jacket. Signed and inscribed by Hall to the half-title page, "To Dr. John W. Trask / James Norman Hall / Tahiti, February 10th 1933." Additionally, signed by Nordhoff to the half-title page. Octavo. 396 pages. Publisher's pictorial blue cloth stamped in silver and white; original illustrated first state dust jacket, without reviews on the rear flap. Sprung, corners rubbed, moderate edgewear, spine sunned, head and foot of spine pushed, somewhat rubbed. Illustrated endpapers; front hinge just starting, small ink notation to rear pastedown. Internally clean, top edge trimmed, other edges rough trimmed; black and white photograph mounted to the half-title page below inscription, presumably one of the authors in Tahiti, minor intermittent foxing chiefly to edges, text block edges toned with minor wear. Dust jacket price clipped; moderate edgewear, chipping to head and foot of spine and corners with some losses, edges lightly creased, spine and edges sunned. Very good book with very good dust jacket.

    The first in the epic Bounty Trilogy, based on a real-life account of the mutiny that occurred on the HMS Bounty in 1789, an event which was a popular source of inspiration to writers, notably Jules Verne. This version of the tale serves as the source material for two film adaptations, the first in 1935, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, and Franchot Tone. The film was a major commercial and critical success and ultimately won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The tale was adapted again in 1962, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, and Richard Harris; the later adaptation did receive seven Academy Award nominations but it was ultimately a failure at the box office and did not garner the acclaim of its predecessor.

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