26 September 2002
A Voyage Round the World. Being an account of a remarkable enterprise, begun in the year 1719, chiefly to cruise on the Spaniards in the great South Ocean. Relating the true historical facts of that whole affair: testifyd by many imployd therein; and confirmed by Authorities from the Owners. By William Betagh, Captain of Marines in that Expedition. London: T.Combes, [and others], 1728. 8° (193 x 150mm.). 1 folding engraved map. (Lacking final blank?, small tear to outer margin of map just touching image area, some browning.) Contemporary panelled calf (expertly rebacked and cornered to style).
Unidentified early hand (numerous marginal notes).
FIRST EDITION. A GOOD COPY of 'one of the most important of the buccaneering expeditions' (Hill). 'Betagh was aboard the Speedwell [and under the command of Captain George Shevlocke. However, the]... . author does his best to discredit... Shelvocke's narrative whenever possible, feeling that it is a deception, and his conduct an indignity to his country and to Captain John Clipperton. In addition, Betagh describes his impressions of the countries visited in the course of the voyage, particularly the Spanish dominions of Chile and Peru, where he observed the customs of the Creoles and the techniques of gold and silver mining and refining. Baja California and Macao were also visited. Clipperton Island, off the west coast of Mexico, was discovered and named for Captain Clipperton' (Hill). Borba de Moraes I. p.104; Hill p.25.
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