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Shelvocke's 1719-1722 Voyage Around the World  

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A Voyage Round the World by Way of the Great South Sea, Perform'd in the Years 1719, 20, 21, 22...

Shelvocke, George


Printed for J. Senex; W. and J. Innys, J. Osborn and T. Longman



468 pp. Folding world map depicting California as an island, four plates (two folding),  and decorative head and tail pieces, and initials. (Octavo) 18.6x11.5 cm (7¼x4½"), period half black calf over marbled paper boards, gilt stamping, five raised bands. First Edition.

"Captains Shelvocke and Clipperton led a privately financed privateering expedition to attack Spanish shipping. Shelvocke gave his superior officer the slip in a storm and proceeded to Brazil and thence to the west coast of South America, where in two months he sacked Payta, Peru, and captured several small prizes. His vessel, the Speedwell, was wrecked at Juan Fernandez Island, but a ship was built out of the wreckage, and he sailed up the coast to Baja California. After crossing the Pacific via Guam and Macao, Shelvocke returned to England, where he was accused of piracy and embezzlement, and then acquitted. He soon left for the Continent a wealthy man. Shelvocke wrote this account, in part, as a vindication of his conduct. In it he mentions the gold of California and the guano of Peru, more than a hundred years before their rediscovery in the 19th century. An incident in the narrative describing the passage around Cape Horn, in which a sailor kills an albatross, is said to have inspired Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (Hill 1557). 

Lot Amendments

An ink presentation inscription from C.J. Capron to C.H.W. Capron of California on a prefatory blank leaf is dated May 1841. A bit of foxing to the plates, the prefatory and concluding leaves, and along the edges. The top edge is dust stained. Some general shelfwear; otherwise very good.

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