ANSON, GEORGE, BARON. 1697-1762.
A Voyage Round the World, In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. By George Anson ... sent upon an Expedition to the South-Seas. London: Printed for the Author, by John and Paul Knapton, 1748. , [blank], 417, [blank],  pp. With 42 copper-engraved maps, charts, views, coastal profiles, etc., most folding. Includes subscribers list and directions to the binder. 4to (281 x 218 mm). Period Russia covers, sympathetically rebacked. Some offsetting from text to plates and occasional light spotting, 4" closed stub tear to map of Philippines channel, repaired tear to chart of southern South America, 1 map and 1 plate shaved to plate mark, wear to binding edges, front free endpaper detached and laid in.
First edition. "This compilation has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel. Anson's voyage appears to have been the most popular book of maritime adventure of the eighteenth century" (Hill). Anson was successful at pursuing Spanish treasure, but not at preserving the lives of his men; seven of the eight ships that set out were lost. Cox I, p.49; Hill Pacific Voyages, p.317-18.
Provenance: Sir John Barnard, ownership signature ("J: Barnard") on title-page. Barnard was one of the subscribers.