26 September 2002
The Sequel to Bulkeley and Cummins' Voyage to the South-Seas: or, the adventures of Capt. Cheap, the Hon. Mr. Byron, Lieut. Hamilton, Alexander Campbell, and others, late of his Majesty's Ship the Wager, which was wrecked on a desolate island... in the South-Seas, anno 1741. Containing a faithful narrative of the unparallel'd sufferings of these gentlemen, after being left on the said island by the rest of the officers and crew, who went off in a long-boat. Their deplorable condition, desperate enterprizes, and prodigious distresses, till they fell into the hands of the Indians, who carried them to New Spain, where they remained prisoners of war, till sent back to Europe... in 1746... By Alexander Campbell, Late Midshipman of the Wager. London: for the author, sold by W.Owen, 1747. Small 8° (205 x 120mm.). (Old stab holes to inner margins of title and last leaf.) Bound to style in modern calf-backed marbled boards, red morocco lettering-piece.
FIRST EDITION, VERY SCARCE: 'This work was recalled soon after it was published and suppressed, so that few copies are to be found' (Hill). 'The present work is a counterblast to the account published by Bulkeley and Cummins in 1743. Fourteen of the crew... elected to stay with Captain Cheap. They made their way north along the coast of Chile, fell into the hands of Indians, and were turned over to the Spanish authorities. They finally reached England in 1746' (Hill). Hill p.44; Sabin 10205.
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