GEORGE ANSON, LORD ANSON (1697-1762)
A Voyage Round the World, in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. By George Anson... Commander in Chief of a Squadron of His Majesty's Ships, sent upon an Expedition to the South-Seas. Compiled from Papers and other Materials of... George Lord Anson ...by Richard Walter... Chaplain of his Majesty's Ship the Centurion, in that Expedition. London: for the Author by John & Paul Knapton, 1748. 4° (260 x 204mm.). 12pp. subscribers' list. 42 engraved plates, charts and maps (comprising 29 double-page or folding plates, 13 folding maps or charts). (Lacks the 2pp. of instructions to the binder, occasional offsetting of text to plates, plans and maps, some marginal tears, some plates shaved into plate area without loss to image.) Contemporary speckled calf (re-backed to style, corners bumped and rubbed).
The Rt. Honorable Lord Gray (19th century armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of the official account of Anson's voyage. 'England, at war with Spain in 1739, equipped eight ships under the command of George Anson to harass the Spaniards on the western coast of South America, for the purpose of cutting off Spanish supplies of wealth from the Pacific area. The Spanish fleet sent out to oppose the British ran into storms; provisions ran out and many ships were wrecked. Anson continued taking prizes during 1741-2, off the Pacific coast, and in June, 1743, captured the Manila galleon containing a treasure of £400,000 sterling, thus returning to England much richer' (Hill). Borba de Moraes I,p.38; Hill p.317; Sabin 1625; Spence 37.