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Complete History of the Most Remarkable Transactions - BURCHETT Josiah - 1720. 
1720 - BURCHETT, Josiah. A Complete History of the Most Remarkable Transactions at Sea, from the Earliest Accounts of Time to the Conclusion of the Last War with France. London: J. Walthoe, 1720. Folio (8-1/2 by 13 inches), contemporary full speckled brown calf rebacked and recornered with original spine laid down, raised bands, tan morocco spine label. $4000.First edition, with engraved frontispiece, engraved portrait of the author by Vertue and nine double-page maps by famous Dutch mapmaker Herman Moll, bound in handsome contemporary calf."The first British authority which sought to achieve the bold and perilous undertaking of chronicling occurrences afloat from the earliest accounts of time" (Allibone, 285). A one-time clerk of Samuel Pepys, Burchett's tenure as Secretary of the Admiralty "included the whole French war during the reigns of William III and Anne, during which every document of importance passed through his hands" (DNB). His comprehensive volume spans naval history from ancient Egypt to the early 18th century. "The last half". has exceptional value. Writing of events concerning which he had very full and accurate information". his expressions of opinion carry great weight" (DNB). With woodcut historiated initials, head- and tailpieces; title page printed in red and black; and nine folding, double-page engraved maps by Herman Moll. "It was in the 18th century that [Moll] made his mark, becoming in the second two decades the foremost map publisher in England" (Tooley Africa, 77). With two errata leaves. abin 9205. Lowndes, 313. Van de Gohm, 59. Early ink notations. Tipped-in handwritten index. Owner signatures.Mild embrowning and occasional tears at stubs of folding maps, offsetting on pages 364-365 slightly affecting legibility, text generally quite nice, a bit of wear mainly to boards. An exceptional copy in near-fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]