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- Published: Amsterdam & Leipzig
- Published date: 1751
- Type: Book
- Issue date: 1751. 4to. Contemporary calf.
- Bibliography: Cox I, 49; Bosch 199; Brunet I, 304; compare Borba de Moraes p.38; Sabin 1625.
- Stock number: 11473
- Condition: Good copy, in which all plates and maps are present. Nearly no browning or spotting. The contemporary leather binding with skillfully repair at the lower spine. Abrasions to corners and edges and rear cover.
4 leaves, XIV pp., 330 pp., engraved title-vignette, coat of arms and 3 engraved vignettes in text (1 by Ingram after Cochin, 1 by Schenk), 35 (of which 33 are folded) engravings and maps, mostly by de Bakker and Marstaller. Illustrated with a large folded world map by Bellin (published in this edition for the first time), 1 folded map of the Philippines, maps and views of Feuerland, the Robinson-Crusoe Island Juan Fernandes, scenes of ships, etc. 'This famous and unfortunate expedition, consisting at the start of eight ships, was sent under the command of George Anson at the beginning of the war with Spain, to harass the Spaniards on the western coast of South America. Seven ships were lost around Cape Horn and on the coast of Chili and out of 900 men who left England on board more than 600 perished. As usual scurvy took an appealling toll. The primary object of the expedition was not attained, but by the capture of the Manila Galleon near China, Anson and the surviving members of his crew reached England much the richer. As with many a ship before and after, the island of Juan Fernandez proved a blessing in restoring scurvy-stricken men to health... Walter's account of the voyage is a model of what such literature should be' (Cox).
Cox I, 49; Bosch 199; Brunet I, 304; compare Borba de Moraes p.38; Sabin 1625.