5 December 2008
ROGERS, Woodes (ca 1679-1732). A Cruising Voyage Round the World: ... Containing... An Account of Alexander Selkirk's living alone four Years and four Months in an Island... London: Bernard Lintot, 1726.
8o (191 x 119 mm). 5 folding engraved maps and 2 folding engraved plates of crocodiles (added for this edition). Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked to style, corners strengthened). Provenance: Ormathwaite (19th-century bookplate).
"IMMEDIATELY OUR PINNACE RETURN'D FROM THE SHORE, AND BROUGHT ABUNDANCE OF CRAW-FISH, WITH A MAN CLOTH'D IN GOAT-SKINS, WHO LOOK'D WILDER THAN THE FIRST OWNERS OF THEM" (description of Alexander Selkirk, p. 125)
Second edition. Woodes Rogers was commander-in-chief of two men-of-war fitted out by Bristol merchants to cruise against the Spaniards in the South Sea. He reached Juan Fernandez in 1709, and found Alexander Selkirk; then proceeded to the coast of Peru, sacked Guayaquil, and after several engagements returned to England in 1711. DNB describes his journal, first published in 1712, as "a work of great interest and of a quaint humour that renders it delightful reading." Howes R-421.
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