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Anson's Voyage Round the World 12th Edition  

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A Voyage Round the World, in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. By George Anson, Esq; Now Lord Anson, Commander in Chief of a Squadron of His Majesty's Ships, sent upon an Expedition to the South-Seas

Anson, George


Printed for T. Osbourne, H. Woodfall, W. Bowyer, et. al



[20], 417, [2] pp. Complete with frontispeice fold-out map and 42 copper engraved plates. (4to) 29x22 cm (11½x9"), period speckled calf re-backed with modern calf, original spine strip laid down with gilt-tooled compartments, morocco spine label lettered in gilt. 12th Edition, Large Paper.

12th, large paper edition of Anson's voyage. The work is justifiably famous for the many engraved charts and views, but also noteworthy for the text chronicling adventure and discovery as Anson roamed the Pacific in pursuit of Spanish treasure, at which he was very successful, capturing in 1743 the Manila galleon with a treasure of £400,000 sterling, returning to England a rich and famous man.

Hill comments that "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." Cox notes that four editions came out the first year of publication, with 16 by 1781. He also comments on the "famous and unfortunate" nature of the expedition, with seven of the eight ships that set out being lost rounding Cape Horn and on the coast of Chile, and more than two thirds of the 900 men that set out from England perishing. Cox Vol. I, p.49 (1st Ed.); Hill 1820; Sabin 101175.

Lot Amendments

General wear and rubbing to boards, top board detached but present; interior with toning, scattered light foxing, all plates present with occasional light foxing, minor edgewear; overall very good.

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