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ANSON, George
A Voyage Round The World, In the Years MDCCCL, I, II, III, IV, By GEORGE ANSON, Esq; Afterwords Lord Anson, Commander in Chief of a Squadron of His Majesty's Ships, sent upon an Expedition to the South-Seas. Compiled from his Papers and Materials, by Richard Walter. Chaplain of His Majesty's Ship the Centurion, in that Expedition. Illustrated with Forty-two Copper-Plates. The Fifteenth Edition. [Compiled by Richard Walter].
London. Printed for W. Bowyer and J. Nichols, . 1776.. Hardcover. Book thick 4to, tall copy, 28.2cm, xx,417,[2]p., with 42 copper-engraved large folding plates, (mainly plate illustrations inc. (maps & charts), in contemporary full tree calf, full gilt spine panels, border and centre devices, crushed crimson morocco label gilt, gilt borders on the boards, marbled endpapers, the boards are slightly bowed toward the front edge, upper hinge started along the top for about 3" but the hinge is sound, a very good to fine copy attractively bound in antique tree calf binding. (cgc) This is the official account of Anson's voyage. England, at war with Spain in 1739, equipped eight ships under the command of George Anson to harass the Spaniards on the western coast of South America, for the purpose of cutting off Spanish supplies of wealth from the Pacific area. The Spanish fleet sent out to oppose the British ran into storms; provisions ran out and many ships were wrecked. Anson continued taking prizes off the Pacific coast during 1741-42, and in June, 1743, captured the Manila galleon and its treasure of 400,000 sterling. According to the DNB (v. 16), "Lord Anson, who was a friend and patron of [Benjamin] Robins, after returning from the voyage around the world in the Centurion, appears to have entrusted to Robins, for revision, the account of the voyage which had been compiled from the journals by his chaplain, Richard Walter. There has been considerable dispute as to whether Robins or Walter wrote the book. . . ." it is probable that Robins revised and edited … [Click Below for Full Description]
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