5 December 2008
BETAGH, William (early 18th century). A Voyage Round the World. Being an account of a remarkable enterprise, 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 (195 x 120 mm). One engraved folding map. Modern speckled calf (some fading to front cover and spine). Provenance: T. Bott (signature on front pastedown); James Hendric (signature and price on title-page).
FIRST EDITION of Betagh's account of the privateering expedition aboard the Speedwell with Captain Shelvocke. Shelvocke wrote his own narrative of the voyage (see lot 150) 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. Alden & Landis 728/13; Borba de Moraes I:104; Hill 123; Howes B-402; JCB (1) III:411; Sabin 5057.
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