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The four years voyages of Capt. George Roberts; being a series of uncommon events, which befell him in a voyage to the islands of the Canaries, Cape de Verde, and Barbadoes, from whence he was bound to the coast of Guiney. The manner of his being taken by three pyrate ships, commanded by Low, Russell, and Spriggs, who, after having plundered him, and detained him 10 days, put him aboard his own sloop, without provisions, water, &c. and with only two boys, one of eighteen, and the other of eight years of age. The hardships he endur'd for above 20 days, 'till he arriv'd at the island of St. Nicholas, from whence he was blown off to sea (before he could get any sustenance) without his boat and biggest boy, whom he had sent ashore; and after fo
London Printed for A. Bettesworth at the Red Lyon in Pater-Noster-Row and J. Osborn at the Ship at St. Saviour's Dock-Head near Horsely-Down 1726 - First edition. 8vo., vi, 458pp., folding map, 4 engraved plates, contemporary calf, neat repairs to joints, lightly rubbed, an excellent copy. An imaginary voyage, originally regarded as a genuine account, but later regarded as fictitious and possibly by Daniel Defoe. The Defoe theory is now not widely held, but it is believed that the book is a work of fiction. In this first-person narrative, George Roberts is an English slaver. In 1721 he signs on as chief mate for a voyage to Virginia via Madeira and Barbados. Roberts falls out with the captain however, and sest out on his own for Guinea. He is captured by pirates and set adrift in a sloop which wrecks on St. John, one of the Cape Verde Islands. He remainsthere for two years before returning to England in 1726. The narrative includes much information on the Cape Verde Islands. European Americana 726/180; Howgego V, R19; Moore 483; Sabin 71888. [Attributes: First Edition]
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