ANSON, George (1697-1762)
Voyage Round The World in The Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV by George Anson Esq; Commander In Chief of a Squadron of His Majesty’s Ships, Sent Upon an Expedition to The South-Seas. Compiled From
Papers and Other Materials of The Right Honourable George Lord Anson, and Published Under His Direction, by Richard Walter, M.A. Chaplain of His Majesty’s Ship The Centurion, in that Expedition.
Illustrated with Forty-Two Copper-Plates
“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”- (Hill)
Also included is a document dated June 1747 and SIGNED by George Anson. This document, also signed by three additional English commanders, discharges William Jefferys from the ship Salisbury located in Plymouth, England.
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. 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.
London: Printed for the Author, by John and Paul Knapton, 1748, Quarto, First Edition, 417 pages with a list of subscribers, Complete, illustrated with forty-two copper-plates or maps, many folding. Directions to the Binder leaf not present as is frequently is the case, errata present. Rebound full mottled calf, with amazing heavily detailed hand tooled spine, 5 raised bands with 6 panels. Original read leather Moroccan title label preserved. Matching marbled endpapers, simply a superior work of expert book binding. Interior has typical light uniform tanning and some offsetting to plates, generally dark strong impressions, very clean copy.
Stunning First Edition with Rare English Royal Navy Document Signed by Captain George Anson and Others