• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 4

    BETAGH, William (early 18th century). A Voyage Round the World. Being an account of a remarkable enterprize, begun in the year 1719, chiefly to cruise on the Spaniards in the great South Ocean. Relating the true historical Facts of that whole Affair: Testifyd by many imployd therein; and confirmed by Authorities from the Owners. By William Betagh, Captain of Marines in that Expedition. London: Printed for T. Combes, J. Lacy, and J. Clarke, 1728.

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    BETAGH, William (early 18th century). A Voyage Round the World. Being an account of a remarkable enterprize, begun in the year 1719, chiefly to cruise on the Spaniards in the great South Ocean. Relating the true historical Facts of that whole Affair: Testifyd by many imployd therein; and confirmed by Authorities from the Owners. By William Betagh, Captain of Marines in that Expedition. London: Printed for T. Combes, J. Lacy, and J. Clarke, 1728.

    8o (189 x 112 mm). One engraved folding map. Contemporary paneled calf (some rubbing and wear to spine and edges). Provenance: J.P. Grace (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION of Betagh's account of the privateering expedition aboard the Speedwell with Captain Shelvocke. Shelvocke wrote his own narrative of the voyage in which Betagh is cast in a unfavorable light. Here he does his best to discredit Shelvocke while also describing his observations of the countries he visited, the customs of the people he encountered, and the techniques of gold and silver mining. "One of the most important of the buccaneering expeditions" (Hill). Alden & Landis 728/13; Borba de Moraes I:104; Hill 123; Howes B-402; JCB (1) III:411; Sabin 5057.


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