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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. - 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 œ400,000 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 the work, wrote an introduction, and added dissertations. He was also entrusted with the second volume, containing the nautical observations. He took the manuscript with him to India, and when he died in that country, it could not be found (cf. DNB). This compilation has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel. Anson's voyage appears to have been the most popular book of maritime adventure of the eighteenth century. The official account was preceded by a number of unauthorized accounts. Several of these are in the Hill Collection: among the various accounts of the wreck of one of Anson's ships, the Wager, see, e.g., John Bulkeley, John Byron, Alexander Campbell, and Isaac Morris; narratives from officers aboard the Centurion are found under John Philips and Pascoe Thomas; and three unauthorized accounts were published under the title A Voyage to the South Seas. . . . The official account by Richard Walter also appears in the collection of English circumnavigators edited by David Laing Purves (q.v.), as well as in modern editions, among them the scholarly version edited by Glyndn Williams, 1974 (see below, under Richard Walter), and the adaptation by Leslie Anson Wilcox (q.v.), 1970. - Hill. Collection of Pacfic Voyages, 1817-1820. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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