Dublin. 1819. 180pp., including frontispiece and five plates. Engraved titlepage vignette. 12mo. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Rubbed along spine, edgeworn. Very good. Item #WRCAM33689
An early 19th-century printing of one of the most popular nautical narratives of the 18th-century. The mission of Anson's voyage was to harass Spanish shipping along the west coast of South America during 1740-43, concluding with the capture of a Manila galleon carrying £400,000 in treasure. This Dublin edition contains interesting engraved plates, including a penguin, and the "manner of catching the wild bull." "This compilation has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel" - Hill. OCLC locates only four copies of this scarce edition. OCLC 17654803. SABIN 1630 (ref). HILL 1783 (ref).