Printed 1748: Handsome First Edition Copy Of Anson's Voyage Round The World For SalePRINTED 1748: HANDSOME FIRST EDITION COPY OF ANSON'S VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD
43 MAPS AND PLATES- Retail copy online (see below) for $9500
Made off with "1,313,843 pieces of eight and 35,682 ounces of silver."
"Laid the basis for later scientific and survey expeditions by Captain Cook and others. "
The Book:WALTER, RICHARD A voyage round the world in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV by George Anson Esq... London: for the author by John and Paul Knapton, 1748. FIRST EDITION. 4to., Approx. 24.5 x 20 cm;  ff. title and preliminaries, 5 ff. subscriber list,  ff., 418 pp.,  f. plate list., with 42 maps and plates, many folding. With the scarce "directions to binder"
Early full calf, spine richly gilt, marbled paste-downs, hinges with expert repair; internally, some foxing to t.p. and throughout as almost always, some offsetting, some minor tears. Overall, a very handsome copy of the First Edition of a great voyage book not easily found in good condition."When Britain declared war on Spain in 1740, Commodore George Anson was sent to harass the Spanish in the Americas. His fleet was manned with the sick and infirm, and he lost the majority of his crew by the time he reached the west coast of South America. Nevertheless, the HMS Centurion sacked the city of Paita in Peru and managed to capture a Manila galleon before sailing home the rest of the way around the world. The author, Richard Walter, was chaplain aboard" [Narrative Press edition]
"Although several private journals of the voyage had been published, the official version of events, A Voyage Around the World by George Anson was eagerly awaited (abridged version). As well as detailing the adventures of the expedition, it contained a huge amount of useful information for future navigators and with 42 detailed charts and engravings, most based on drawings by Piercy Brett, it laid the basis for later scientific and survey expeditions by Captain Cook and others. Spanish charts seized from the Covadonga added many islands to the British charts of the Pacific, and those in the Western North Pacific became known as the Anson Archipelago."OTHER COPIES AT sale (for comparison only)Anson, George, Baron Anson, 1697-1762 - A Voyage Round the World.... L, 1748 - 1st Ed - 4to, - contemp calf - rebacked, some wear to covers - With 42 folding maps, charts & plates. - Lacking directions to binder; pp. 417/418 trimmed & mtd; dampstains to tail margin of a few plates; minor staining; occasional early marginalia & corrections - Subscriber's copy - Butterfield, later Bonhams & Butterfield, Feb 13, 2011, lot 2009, $2,200 - Sabin 1625Anson, George, Baron Anson, 1697-1762 - A Voyage Round the World.... L, 1748 - 1st Ed - 4to, - early calf - rebacked - With 42 folding maps, charts & plates. - Some staining to plates - Mowbray Morris copy - Australian Book sales, Apr 11, 2011, lot 76, A$2,600 ($2,826) - Sabin 1625RETAIL COPY ONLINE FOR
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