SHELVOCKE, GEORGE. A Voyage Round the World by the Way of the Great South Sea. London: for J. Senex; W. and J. Innys; J. Osborn and T. Longman, 1726.
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SHELVOCKE, GEORGE. A Voyage Round the World by the Way of the Great South Sea. London: for J. Senex; W. and J. Innys; J. Osborn and T. Longman, 1726.
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SHELVOCKE, GEORGE.
A Voyage Round the World by the Way of the Great South Sea. London: for J. Senex; W. and J. Innys; J. Osborn and T. Longman, 1726. [6], xxxii, [4], 468 pp. Folding map on two joined sheets, 4 engraved plates, 2 of which are folding. 8vo (196 x 116 mm). Period full paneled calf, spine gilt. New endpapers, lacks front flyleaf, light stain to gutter margin of first two signatures at tail, generally internally clean, joints partially cracked, some shelfwear.

First edition of "the fullest account of California, the natives and other features, of any of the old voyages" (Cowan). "Captains Shelvocke and Clipperton led a privately financed expedition for attacking Spanish shipping. Shelvocke gave his superior officer the slip in a storm and proceeded to Brazil and thence to the west coast of South America, where in two months he sacked Payta, Peru, and captured several small prizes. His vessel was wrecked at Juan Fernandez Island, but a ship was built out of the wreckage and he sailed up the coast to Baja California. After crossing the Pacific via Guam and Macao, Shelvocke returned to England and was acquitted of piracy charges" (Hill). Shelvocke mentions gold in California 130 years before the gold rush and one incident in the book was the source for Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Cowan pp 581-2; Hill pp 272-3; Howes S383; Sabin 80158.
Provenance: bookplate of H. Hippisley Coxe of Stone Easton.
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