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A voyage round the world, in the years MDCCXL - ANSON, George - 1748. 
London T. Osborne 1748 - First edition. 4to., 417,  pp., 42 copper-plates (mostly folding), with the 12-page subscriber list, without the "directions to binder", browning to title, usual offsetting to and from text, contemporary calf gilt, sometime rebacked preserving original spine in seven compartments, red morocco label to second, others richly gilt, raised bands, light wear to boards, a very good copy. A landmark of eighteenth century English circumnavigation. The expedition was made in order to cut off Spanish supplies of wealth from South America after the outbreak of war between Britain and Spain in 1739. Anson succeeded in this by taking a number of prize ships off the Philippines, but at a heavy cost, losing six ships wrecked off the coast of South America or in rounding Cape Horn. Anson's voyage laid the groundwork for the British voyages of exploration in the Pacific of the later half of the eighteenth century and Richard Walter produced a masterpiece of descriptive travel that became the most popular book of maritime adventure of the time. Hill 1817; BdM I; 38.Cox I, 49; Sabin 1625. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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