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    "The Most Popular Book of Maritime Adventure of the Eighteenth Century"

    George Anson. A Voyage round the World. In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. By George Anson Esq; Commander in Chief of a squadron of His Majesty's Ships, sent upon an expedition to the South-Seas. Compiled from papers and other materials of the Right Honourable George Lord Anson, and published under his direction, by Richard Walter, M.A. Chaplain of His Majesty's Ship the Centurion, in that expedition. Illustrated with forty-two copper-plates. London: Printed for the Author; by John and Paul Knapton, 1748.

    First edition. Quarto. [33], [1, blank], 417, [1, blank], [2, directions to the binder] pages. With the list of subscribers and forty-two numbered engraved double-page or folding plates. Nineteenth-century full polished calf, spine lettered in gilt with raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others trimmed. With a portion of a contemporary calf backstrip mounted and bound in at front. Early ink signature on front flyleaf. Binding a little stained. Second and third leaves loose, yet present. Occasional light spotting or offsetting, generally not affecting plates. A few short tears to folding maps and to pages 147/148. Overall, a very good copy.

    "This is the official account of Anson's voyage. England, at war with Spain in 1739, equipped eight ships under the command of George Anson to harass the Spaniards on the western coast of South America, for the purpose of cutting off Spanish supplies of wealth from the Pacific area....Lord Anson, who was a friend and patron of Benjamin Robins, after returning from the voyage around the world in the Centurion, appears to have entrusted to Robins, for revision, the account of the voyage which had been compiled from the journals by his chaplain, Richard Walter. It is probable that Robins revised and edited the work, wrote an introduction, and added dissertations....This compilation has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel. Anson's voyage appears to have been the most popular book of maritime adventure of the eighteenth century" (Hill).

    Cox I, p. 49. Hill I, pp. 317-318. National Maritime Museum I, 109. Sabin 1625.


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