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12 December 2000
ROGERS, Woodes. A Cruising Voyage Round the World: First to the South Sea, thence to the East-Indies, and Homewards by the Cape of Good Hope...Containing a journal of the remarkable transanctions... particularly an account of Alexander Selkirk's living alone four years and four months in an island. London: for A[ndrew] Bell, 1712. 8 o (190 x 118 mm.) Engraved folding map of the world by Herman Moll and 4 folding maps engraved by John Senex (old repair to world map, blank preliminaries rubbed and ragged with loss at bottom right corners, title frayed along fore-edge, but well outside of rule). Contemporary ruled speckled calf, nicely rebacked. FIRST EDITION.
Hill termed this account "a buccanering classic". Comprising two ships financed by a group of Bristol businessmen (to whom the book is dedicated), Woodes' expedition was piloted by William Dampier and took many prizes along the Pacific coast of South America. Eventually turning north to California and taking ships from the wealthy Manila Galleon, they stopped at Juan Fernandez long enough to pick up a sailor marooned years earlier during Dampier's previous voyage. This marooned sailor, Alexander Selkirk, inspired Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Hill, p. 258; Howes R421; Sabin 72754.
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