26 September 2002
A Voyage Around the World. Containing an account of Captain Dampier's Expedition into the South-Seas in the ship St.George, in the years 1703 and 1704... Together with the author's voyage from Amapalla on the west-coast of Mexico, to East-India. London: W.Botham for James Knapton, 1707. 8° (193 x 114mm.). 5 engraved folding maps, 10 plates. (Single wormtrack running throughout, affecting text area and image area but with very little resultant loss. Contemporary panelled calf (neatly re-backed to style, original red morocco lettering-piece on spine).
Early Ducal armorial bookplate, with garter ribbon.
FIRST EDITION. 'It was Funnell, not Dampier, who really circumnavigated the globe on this voyage, as Dampier proceeded only as far as the South Seas. The purpose of the expedition was to harass the Spaniards and take plunder from vessels and towns in South America. Its failure was due to differences that arose between them. Funnell arrived in England before Dampier and seized the opportunity to compose a relation of his voyage... His narrative contained much that was disapproved of by Dampier, who immediately after published a Vindication of his voyage, pointing out the misrepresentations of Funnell' (Hill). Hill p.117; Sabin 26213.
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