London: Printed for Nath. Crouch, 1710. iv,,pp. Engraved frontis. Neatly rebound in modern half calf and marbled boards, leather label. Old library stamp at top of titlepage. Slightly cropped, affecting headlines. Else very good. Item #WRCAM11909
Robert Burton was the pseudonym for author-publisher Nathaniel Crouch. Burton's account of the exploits of Sir Francis Drake was itself mainly cribbed from a work originally published in 1653. His first edition appeared in 1687. Sabin records this as the fifth edition of Burton's version. Although the titlepage is styled "eighth edition," that may have been counting from 1653, or as Kraus suggests, the second and third editions may never have existed. An important work in the Drake legend, it describes the Nombre de Dios voyage of 1572, the circumnavigation of 1575-77, Drake's defeat of the Armada in 1588, and his final American voyages. "A biography of Drake in chap-book form...like all such chap-book publications, copies are seldom found" - Kraus (commenting on the 1695 edition). SABIN 9500. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 710/30. KRAUS, WORLD ENCOMPASSED 45 (1695 ed).