9 June 2004
[ANSON, George (1697-1762).] WALTER, Richard (ca 1716-1795), compiler. A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. by George Anson, Esq.; Commander in Chief of a Squadron of His Majesty's Ships, sent upon an Expedition to the South-Seas. London: Printed for the Author; By John and Paul Knapton, 1748.
4o (257 x 200 mm). Directions to the binder at end. 42 engraved folding plates (map of South America with tear crossing image, occasional creasing and other short tears, some pale spotting and occasional offsetting). 20th-century calf, top edge gilt (spine and edges rubbed). Provenance: Z.M. Nürnberg (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION OF "THE MOST POPULAR BOOK OF MARITIME ADVENTURE OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY" (Hill). This is the official account of Anson's voyage which began in 1739 as a means to harass the Spaniards on the western coast of South America and to prevent Spanish supplies from reaching the Pacific. Among Anson's many prizes was the treasure of 400,000 pounds siezed during the capture of the Manila galleon in June 1743. Hill, p.318; Sabin 1625.
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