• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 20

    HACKE, William, editor (fl. 1671-1702). A Collection of Original Voyages: I. Capt. Cowley's Voyage round the Globe. II. Captain Sharp's Journey over the Isthmus of Darien, and expedition into the South Seas, written by himself. III. Capt. Wood's Voyage thro' the Streights of Magellan. IV. Mr. Roberts's Adventures among corsairs of the Levant; his account of their way of living; description of the Archipelago Islands, taking of Scio, &c... Published by Capt William Hacke. London: James Knapton, 1699.

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    HACKE, William, editor (fl. 1671-1702). A Collection of Original Voyages: I. Capt. Cowley's Voyage round the Globe. II. Captain Sharp's Journey over the Isthmus of Darien, and expedition into the South Seas, written by himself. III. Capt. Wood's Voyage thro' the Streights of Magellan. IV. Mr. Roberts's Adventures among corsairs of the Levant; his account of their way of living; description of the Archipelago Islands, taking of Scio, &c... Published by Capt William Hacke. London: James Knapton, 1699.

    8o (191 x 119 mm). Title within double rules, 6 engraved plates and maps (several by Herman Moll) two small text woodcuts, 3-page publisher's advertisements at end. Contemporary calf (a bit worn, hinges splitting); calf backed folding case. Provenance: H.C.L. Morris (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION of a highly regarded collection of "original source material for the history of the buccaneers" (Hill). "Hacke, who edited these voyages, had himself been a buccaneer... Ambrose Cowley was well known for his harassing ventures against the Spaniards in the West Indies. In his voyaging into the Pacific, he sailed further south than any of his predecessors, and he named some of the Galapagos Islands. Bartholomew Sharp... plundered and looted all along the west coast of South America and weakened Spanish domination in those seas by capturing some important maps in 1680, from which Hacke later made several highly important manuscript atlases. John Wood served on John Narbrough's expedition to the west coast of South America and gave an account of the Patagonians" (Hill). Alden & Landis 699/96; Hill 741; Sabin 29473; Scott 82; Wing H-168.


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