26 September 2002
An Affecting Narrative of the Unfortunate Voyage and Catastrophe of his Majesty's Ship Wager, one of Commodore Anson's Squadron in the South Sea Expedition. London: John Norwood, 1751. 8° (205 x 125mm.). 20th-century calf-backed marbled boards.
First edition of this rare work, describing 'one of the most remarkable voyages ever undertaken. When the Wager, under Captain Cheap, was wrecked off the coast of Chile, John Bulkeley, with eighty others, set out in the long boats to reach the coast of Brazil, some 3,000 miles away.Many died of hunger and exposure, some had to be abandoned on the coats of Patagonia, but thirty finally reached Rio Grande do Sul' (Hill). Barba de Moraes p.948; Hill p.3; Sabin 1634.
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