GEORGE ANSON, BARON ANSON (1697-1762)

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GEORGE ANSON, BARON ANSON (1697-1762)

[A Voyage round the world, in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. London: 1748, or later]. Atlas volume only, large 4 (310 x 265mm). 41 engraved plates, maps and plans only (of 42) by J.S.Mller, J.Mason, R.W.Seale and ?others, all but one folding or double-page, extra-illustrated with a duplicate of the folding plan of Juan Fernandes. (Lacking the chart of the southern part of South America.) Contemporary (?original) half sheep (spine almost completely lacking, extremities worn, bumped and scuffed). Provenance: John Mills (armorial bookplate).

These plates are more usually found bound in with the text, but are here clearly as issued and completely uncut. The plates illustrate Anson's voyage on the Centurion. The reasons for the undertaking were warlike: Anson was under orders to attack Spanish possessions in the Pacific. He accomplished his mission, returning to England with enough captured Spanish cargo to make him wealthy; sold not subject to return.
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