A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II …
A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II …
A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II …

ANSON, George. A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. By George Anson ... Compiled from Papers and other Materials of ... George Lord Anson, a….

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ANSON, George. A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. By George Anson ... Compiled from Papers and other Materials of ... George Lord Anson, and Published under his Direction by Richard Walter. London, John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748.

4to (300 x 240mm). Contemporary red crushed morocco, decorated in gilt, skilfully rebacked in the 1960s, marbled endpapers; pp. [xxiii], 417; 42 engraved folding (apart from one) views, maps, plans, and charts (including one plate depicting sea lions); occasional traces of humidity and minor spotting, bound without list of subscribers and directions to the binder; printed on stronger paper than usually encountered; a copy with good provenance (see below).
First Edition. Anson was sent to plunder Spanish trading territories on the Pacific coast of South America during the War of Jenkins’ Ear, but his expedition threatened to turn into a fiasco. His small squadron was battered by storms and too few of his crew survived the journey round Cape Horn to man even the largest ship properly. Anson limped across the Pacific to Macao, where he was able to have the Centurion repaired and find more crew. Finally in June 1743 he achieved a single but substantial victory, capturing the Nuestra Señora de Covadonga, carrying 1,313,843 pieces of eight and 35,682 ounces of virgin silver, and returned to England in June 1744 a rich man. "Anson’s voyage is remembered as a classic tale of endurance and leadership in the face of fearful disasters, but to the British public of 1744 it was the treasure of the galleon, triumphantly paraded through the streets of London, which did something to restore national self-esteem battered by an unsuccessful war" (ODNB). The book became a classic of travel literature, being reprinted in smaller format twice in 1748 and about 50 times before the 19th century. - A good story with a happy ending for the hero (not for the Spanish) sells well.
Provenance: According to a bookdealer's description (Maggs) and ms note to Helen Wallis from 1963 this is the Earl of Sandwich's copy, kept at Hitchingbroke House, where the water damage occcurred. 'Probably presented by Anson' is a statement too speculative, but found in the bookdealer's description. 'Dr Helen Wallis OBE (1924–95) was Map Librarian at the British Museum and then the British Library for 19 years (1967–86) but her reputation rests as much on her prolific scholarly output and on the range of learned and professional organisations in which she played so active a part' (British Library, Helen Wallis Fellowship, online). One of her many interests was the mapping of voyages.
ESTC T209373; Sabin 1630, S.A.H. Engelstad, Catalogue of the “Kroepelien collection”or “Bibliotheca Polynesiana” (Oslo: 2008), p. 170, KRO 2079; Du Rietz, Kroepelien 1093.

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