ANSON, GEORGE. 1697-1762.
A Voyage Around the World, in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. London: for the Author, 1748. , 417,  pp. Subscribers' list and binding instructions present. With 42 copper-engraved maps, charts, views, coastal profiles, etc., almost all folding. 4to (289 x 217 mm). Period calf rebacked. Scattered toning, mostly marginal foxing, offsetting, frontispiece map frayed on outer edge, text block cracked in several places with some gatherings loose, boards abraded, spine rubbed.
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.