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The World Publishing Co. Cleveland. 1967. First Edition;. pages xxx, 258 pages, bibliog., index; e/p maps, 24 illusts.; blue cloth hardcover with gilt text on spine and front of cover in illustrated dust jacket, protected; 23.5cm x 16cm; fine condition;. Here is your chance to visit Pitcairn Island, that South Pacific "Bali H'ai" that has lured adventurers, moralists, anthropologists, fictioneers, and philosphers since its colonization by mutineers of the H.M.S. Bounty in 1790. David Silverman contends that these two square miles of volcanic rock represent our world in microcoosm - that here, in an area roughly equivalent to that of New York City's Central Park, the island's handful of inhabitants have dealt with civil war, racial strife, changing sex codes and most of the other pre-occupations of modern mainland living. Five generations have resided in this imperfect Eden, and in this volume the reader will meet the original Bounty settlers and many of their descendants, who often speak directly to the reader through vivid quotations from their memoirs, which are inserted with a generous hand throughout the text. Fletcher Christian, who soon abandoned the privileges of rank for democracy; John Adams, whose redemption is an inspiration; Mathew Quintal; Edward Young; and all the other unforgettable characters are examined closely in this work. Today the people of Pitcairn Island continue to live in much the same manner as did their ancestors. This highly informative study - the first major treatment in over thirty years - gives a new perspective to the two centuries of Pitcairn civilization. This book will appeal to armchair travellers, high-seas adventure buffs, and all the readers who ever dream of the exotic and faraway.

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