9 June 2004
BULKELEY, John and John CUMMINS. 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 118 mm). (Some occasional pale spotting and soiling.) Early 20th-century calf (joints and corners lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION TO INCLUDE THE AUTHORS'S NAMES (another edition of 1743 was issued with the title lacking their names). "This book is one of the main accounts of the wreck of the Wager off the southern coast of Chile after passing through the Strait of Magellan. The ship was part of Anson's fleet... The gunner, John Bulkeley, and the carpenter, John Cummins, conducted the mutinous part of the crew until they arrived safely in Rio de Janeiro" (Hill). Borba de Moraes I:133; Hill p.38; Sabin 9108; Spence 209.
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