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    Captain Edward Cooke. A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, Perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710, and 1711. Containing A Journal of all memorable Transactions during the said Voyage...A Description of the American Coasts, from Tierra del Fuego in the South, to California in the North...Wherein an Account is given of Mr Alexander Selkirk, his Manner of living and taming some wild Beasts during the four Years and four Months he liv'd upon the uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes...London: Printed by H M. for B. Lintot and R. Gosling, A. Bettesworth, and W. Innys, 1712.

    Rare first edition of the source for "Robinson Crusoe". Octavo (7.625 x 4.625 inches; 195 x 117 mm.). [24], 456, [10, index], [2, advertisements] pages. Signature collation: a4 b8 A-Z8 Aa-Ff8 Gg2. With twenty engraved plates, including folding frontispiece map ("A Map of the World Shewing the Course of Capt. Cook's [sic] Voyage Round the same"), folding map of "The Great River Marañon or of ye Amazons;" folding plan of "The City of Cusco;" sixteen numbered plates and one unnumbered plates. Decorative woodcut and typographic head- and tail-pieces and initials.

    Contemporary sprinkled calf, neatly rebacked. Covers panelled in blind; spine with five slightly raised bands ruled in blind and brown morocco label ruled and lettered in gilt; board edges decoratively tooled in gilt; edges sprinkled red. Original covers quite worn, with some scuff marks and cracks; large area of surface loss to front cover; small area of surface loss to rear cover; corners bumped, with boards exposed; a bit of biopredation to lower corner of front cover and board edge. Some browning and offsetting to both text and plates; title browned around the edges with a faint dampstain and a couple of short tears to outer margin; a few plates with faint mostly marginal dampstaining. Frontispiece map browned, especially around the edges, but with no splits or tears; tiny piece torn from top edge of Plate 10; tape repair on verso of folding map of the Amazon; Plate 12 with two-and-one-quarter-inch tear and crease from lower edge into image, and small piece torn away. Faint stain in the text on page 125, affecting a few letters; a few marginal ink smudges in outer margin; small adhesion on page 199, affecting the decorative tail-piece, and corresponding abrasion on facing page 198, affecting one letter; tiny adhesion or pin prick raised paper flaw on pages 213 and 265, resulting in pin prick indentations on nearby leaves; tiny marginal wormtrack in upper corner at beginning, and lower corner at the end. A very good copy. Engraved armorial bookplate on front pastedown of Sir Philip Chetwode of Oakley Staffordshire Bart.; pencil notations erased from front free endpaper; early ink signature on verso of title-page.

    "Originally issued hurriedly in one volume, with the voyage home compressed into the final chapter, in order to be on the market before the appearance of a rival publisher's account of the same voyage by Woodes Rogers [A Cruising Voyage round the World, published the same year]. More leisure permitted for the second edition an amplification of that final chapter into a second volume; that chapter was at the same time deleted from the 2nd edition of volume one" (Howes).

    "Edward Cooke (fl. 1710) was second captain on board the Dutchess, the ship which accompanied the Duke, both under Captain Woodes Rogers, on a privateering voyage around the world. The account by Rogers does not contain the translation of the Spanish manuscript describing the west coast from Tierra del Fuego to California, here profusely illustrated with woodcut outlines of the land, nor does it contain the large number of maps and plates of Cooke's narrative. It is generally accepted that Daniel Defoe used this account of Alexander Selkirk's years on Juan Fernández Island for his Robinson Crusoe, as it was the first book containing it" (Hill).

    The map of the world was engraved by John Senex (d. 1740), and shows California as an island.

    Borba de Moraes, p. 206; Cowan, p. 54; Cox I, p. 45; Hill (2004) 372 (describing the second edition); Howes C733 ("aa"); Sabin 16303; Streeter sale 2927; Wagner, Spanish Southwest, 77.

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