George Anson, A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, V. London: John and Paul Knapton, 1748. Fourth edition. Octavo, 26pp ( Title, Dedication, Contents, Introduction, Map) + 548pp (including 2 more maps).
Condition: Very good. Contemporary binding a bit worn, corners bumped, ffep with previous owner’s signature detached but present, leaves are a tad age-toned otherwise clean throughout and maps are in very good condition apart from 1cm tear to margin of first map, no loss. Full calf, double ruled, worn at the joints.
First published in 1748 this account of Anson’s voyage was a bestseller in the eighteenth century. When Anson arrived at the coast of China he had only one ship remaining. Yet the most extraordinary part of his journey – the interception of the Spanish treaure galleon the Nuestra Señora de Covadonga – was yet to come. As Williams describes it in his 1999 book The prize of all oceans, Anson’s voyage is “both a stirring story of adventure at sea and an exhortation to further Pacific enterprise”. The capture of the Spanish galleon made Anson a rich man and bought him considerable political influence.
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