London. 1768. ,viii,257pp. plus frontispiece engraving. Half title. Contemporary vellum, gilt leather label. Minor soiling and edge wear, spine label slighly chipped. Armorial bookplate and old ownership signature on front pastedown, front free endpaper removed, occasional light marginal foxing, modern bookplate on rear pastedown. Very good. Item #WRCAM54758
Byron's account of the shipwreck of the Wager, on which he served as midshipman, off the coast of Chile, including descriptions of the suffering of the survivors and their captivity by the Indians before being turned over to Spanish authorities. The wreck of the Wager led to major changes in British nautical law relating to shipwreck. Byron (alias "Foul-Weather Jack") went on to command a voyage around the world from 1764 to 1766 in the Dolphin, was later governor of Newfoundland, and in 1775 became an admiral. Byron's grandson, Lord Byron, the poet, based his description of the shipwreck in Canto II of "Don Juan" on his grandfather's narrative. "...One of the most thrilling accounts in the language" - Sabin. HILL 232. SABIN 9730. PALAU 38223.