26 September 2002
WOODES ROGERS (d.1732)
A Cruising Voyage Round the World: First to the South-Seas, thence to the East-Indies, and homewards by the Cape of Good Hope. Begun in 1708, and finish'd in 1711. London: A.Bell and B.Lintot, 1712. 8° (195 x 115mm.). 5 folding engraved maps. (First map torn and neatly repaired, the other maps with some old creasing and small marginal tears, some old dampstaining to text.) Contemporary panelled calf (rebacked to style).
George Tollet (armorial bookplate); Handly Castle (inscription on title); Mary Hornield (signature); T.F.Bergin (Dublin, book-label).
'VERY RARE' (Borba de Moraes). FIRST EDITION of this 'buccaneering classic' (Hill). 'With William Dampier as pilot, Captain Woodes Rogers' privateering expedition set sail from Bristol. After sailing down the coast of Brazil and rounding Cape Horn, he made for the deserted island of Juan Fernandez, due to a severe storm. There, Rogers rescued the celebrated Alexander Selkirk, a Scot who had been marooned... [four and half] years before by Captain Stradling during Dampier's earlier voyage,... [Selkirk became the real-life prototype for Robinson Crusoe.] An account of his true adventures is given. The expedition then cruised the coast of Peru, taking various prizes, reached California, and crossed the Pacific to Asia. The high point of the circumnavigation was the capture of the Manila galleon, in 1709, at Puerto Seguro' (Hill). Borba de Moraes II, p.744; Hill p.258; Sabin 72753.
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