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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), complete with the 12-page subscriber list, and the "directions to binder", contemporary calf gilt, rebacked to style, red morocco label, edges repaired, endpapers renewed, occasional light spotting and offsetting, a few plates cropped close, a very good example. 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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