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    Sale 2059

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    5 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 75

    COOKE, Captain Edward (fl. 1710). A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, Perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710, and 1711... Wherein an Account is given of Mr. Alexander Selkirk... upon the uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes. London: Printed by H.M. for B. Lintot, and R. Gosling..., 1712.

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    COOKE, Captain Edward (fl. 1710). A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, Perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710, and 1711... Wherein an Account is given of Mr. Alexander Selkirk... upon the uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes. London: Printed by H.M. for B. Lintot, and R. Gosling..., 1712.

    8o (190 x 118 mm.) 2-page publisher's advertisement at end. 4 engraved maps and plans (2 folding) engraved by John Senex, and 16 engraved plates. (Some browning, a few pale stains.) Modern paneled calf antique.

    "HE WAS CLOATH'D IN A GOAT'S SKIN JACKET, BREECHES, AND CAP, SEW'D TOGETHER WITH THONGS OF THE SAME" (description of Alexander Selkirk, p. 37)

    FIRST EDITION. Containing the first account of Alexander Selkirk's years marooned on Juan Fernandez Island and a map of the island, upon which Daniel Defoe modeled the character and adventures of Robinson Crusoe; his copy of this work contains extensive manuscript notes.

    Cooke, second-in-command of the Dutchess, went ashore in California in December 1709, and gives an account of the country, accompanied by plates showing natives and fish. A second volume of his narrative of the buccaneering expedition of ships Dutchess and Duke (under the command of Capt. Woodes Rogers) was published later in the same year. There was considerable rivalry between the publishers of Cooke's account and those of Rogers' to be the first to market, resulting in this one-volume edition with the second portions of the voyage compressed at the end. A two-volume set quickly followed, the latter part of the voyage being contained in the second volume. "This [first] volume was issued separately, with no indication -- as in the second edition -- that it was Vol. I of an issue of two volumes, but both Sabin and Wagner incorrectly enter it as Vol. 1 of a two-volume edition" (Streeter: IV, 2427). Gosse, My Pirate Library pp. 27-28; Hill 373 (second edition); Howes C 733; Sabin 16303; Wagner, Spanish Southwest 77.


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