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BULKELEY, John (fl. 1740) and John CUMMINS (fl. 1740). A Voyage to the South Seas, in the years 1740-1. Containing, a faithful Narrative of the Loss of his Majesty's Ship the Wager on a desolate Island... With the proceedings and Conduct of the Officers and Crew... The Whole compiled by Persons concerned in the Facts related viz. John Bulkeley and John Cummins, Late Gunner and Carpenter of the Wager. London: for Jacob Robinson, 1743.
8o (190 x 125 mm). (Title-page with gutter margin and corners renewed, two repaired tears to title-page, last leaf with corners renewed, some pale soiling.) Modern calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt.
FIRST EDITION. Bulkeley's and Cummins' narrative is one of the main accounts of the wreck of the Wager, a ship in Lord Anson's fleet, off the southern coast of Chile after passing through the Straits of Magellan. Deserting their captain and several others, the gunner, John Bulkeley, and the carpenter, John Cummins led the mutinous crew to a safe arrival in Rio de Janeiro. Their account was the first to appear on the loss of the Wager. Borba de Moraes I:133; Hill 210; Sabin 9108; Spence 209. See lots 8-9 for other narratives of the Anson voyage.
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