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ANSON, George Anson, Baron (1697--1762)
A voyage round the world, in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. By George Anson, Esq.; commander in chief of a squadron of his Majesty's ships, sent upon an expedition to the South-Seas. Compiled from papers and other materials of the Right Honourable George Lord Anson, and published under his direction, by Richard Walter, M.A., chaplain of his Majesty's ship the Centurion, in that expedition. Illustrated with forty-two copper-plates.
London: printed for the author; by John and Paul Knapton, 1748.
[34], 417, [3] p., XLII fold. pl. (incl. 11 maps) ; 25.5 cm. (4º)

Walter's authorship of this work was disputed in 1761 by James Wilson, editor of the mathematical works of Benjamin Robins, who claimed that Robins was the real author. It is likely that Walter was the initiator of the project and heavily involved in the publication process, but that Robins took a greater editorial hand; Anson himself also took a close interest. The resulting account went through many editions and abridgements, gaining immense popularity both as a tale of nautical endurance (of the eight ships in the squadron, only the Centurion herself reached England again) and as an exciting narrative of the capture of a Spanish galleon. With a list of subscribers. Page 319 is misnumbered '219'. ESTC n66245.


Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the page of instructions to the binder. With pl. I misbound after pl. II. Bought from Thomas Boone on 25 January 1804 for 8s. (Archive 7/3/3).

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled borders with blind tooling, blind-tooled central panel, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 360


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