ANSON (GEORGE) A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV, 1748
Lot 143
ANSON (GEORGE) A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV, 1748
£600 - 800
US$ 940 - 1,200

Lot Details
ANSON (GEORGE)
A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV, 42 engraved plates, maps and plans (many folding, 3 shaved at one margin, a few with small marginal repairs), lacks final "directions to the binder" leaf, some spotting and offsetting, small stain in upper margin of approximately 10 leaves, list of subscribers, new front free endpaper, early calf, rebacked [Hill 1817], 4to, John and Paul Knapton, for the Author, 1748

Footnotes

  • The first edition of the official account of Anson's circumnavigation of the world, which has "long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel" (Hill). The expedition was undertaken to attack Spanish possessions in South America at the outbreak of war between Britain and Spain in 1739. During the mission six of Anson's fleet were sunk and approximately one thousand crew were lost to scurvy. Despite such setbacks Anson and his fleet succeeded in thwarting enemy activities in the Pacific and successfully captured the Manila galleon.
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