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A Cruising Voyage round the World
London,: Printed for A. Bell and B. Lintot,, 1712.. Octavo, five folding maps including the frontispiece, old ownership inscription to title page, bookplates; a good copy in old dark calf, rebacked with most of original spine laid down. First edition of one of the classics of British buccaneering, a great adventure story and an important Pacific voyage account which is 'very rare' (Borba de Moraes). Despite its relevance to Dampier, who sailed as pilot on this privateering expedition which crossed the Pacific to Asia, this work was not included in the 1729 collected works, making this an appealing addition for owners of that set (see catalogue number 121).Rogers great success was the capture of the Manila galleon at Puerto Seguro, but he also rescued Alexander Selkirk - the prototype for Robinson Crusoe - from Juan Fernandez Island. Rogers' eye-witness account is rich in stirring adventure and gives a wonderfully atmospheric account of the buccaneering life, not hesitating to show himself as a tough captain controlling an errant crew. Although the cruise amassed tremendous loot, conflict between Rogers' and his men dragged on for years in the courts, and Dampier never lived to see his share, dying in 1715.The work also contains and important early description of California (pp. 279-312). The significant 56-page Appendix, with four folding charts, is sub-titled 'A Description of the Coast, Roads, Harbours, Rocks, Shoals, Islands, Capes, Makings of Land, Courses and Distances, from Acapulco... to the Island of Chiloe... From the best Spanish Manuscripts taken in the South-Sea'. There is mention of this on the title-page too: 'with maps of all the Coast, from the best Spanish Manuscript Draughts...'. For the buccaneers such maps wrenched from the Spanish were as good as treasure and equally to be boasted of.Rogers's account went through four editions, all scarce. This copy originally belonged to Sir James Agnew of Lochnaw, and has his armorial bookplate.Borba de Moraes, p. 744; Cowan, p. 194; Hill, 1479; NMM, Piracy & Privateering, 472; Sabin, 72753; Streeter (Jr.) sale; Wagner, 'Spanish Southwest', 78.
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