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    Sale 2059

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    5 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 53

    ANSON, George (1697-1762). A Voyage round the World, in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV... Compiled by Richard Walter. London: D. Browse and others, 1756.

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    ANSON, George (1697-1762). A Voyage round the World, in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV... Compiled by Richard Walter. London: D. Browse and others, 1756.

    4o (279 x 220 mm). Engraved folding frontispiece map and 42 plates and maps (all but one folding) (the Chart of the Philippine Islands torn across and skillfully repaired, one other chart torn in the gutter, some browning and one or two spots). Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked preserving the original spine). Provenance: Robert Harland (bookplates); F. Barham Zincke (1817-1893), travel writer (Wherstead bookplate).

    Ninth edition, first published in 1748. From the library of Foster Barham Zincke, chaplain to Queen Victoria and author of A Winter in the United States, 1868. Anson commanded a small squadron sent to the coasts of the Pacific in September of 1840 "chosen, apparently by [First Lord of the Admialty, Sir Charles] Wager, a shrewd judge of men, though his only obvious qualifications were plenty of recent sea time, and long experience outside home waters. His orders were to raid and plunder the Pacific coast of South America, to attack Panama if in the meanwhile the Caribbean expedition had gained a foothold on the opposite side of the isthmus, and if possible to capture the annual 'galleon' which linked Mexico and the Philippines. In addition he was to encourage rebellion by the native Panamanians against the Spaniards, or by the Spanish colonists against their king" (DNB).


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