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BYRON, John (1723--1786)
The narrative of the Honourable John Byron (Commodore in a late expedition round the world) containing an account of the great distresses suffered by himself and his companions on the coast of Patagonia, from the year 1740, till their arrival in England, 1746. With a description of St. Jago de Chili, ... Also a relation of the loss of the Wager man of war, one of Admiral Anson's squadron. Written by himself, and now first published.
London: printed for S. Baker & G. Leigh; and T. Davies, 1768.
[4], viii, 257, [1] p., engr. frontis. ; 19.3 cm. (8º)

John Byron, grandfather of the poet Lord Byron, accompanied Admiral Anson in his voyage around the world while very young, and later became governor of Newfoundland and an admiral. His narrative of the loss of the Wager supplied his illustrious descendant with many particulars for the shipwreck in 'Don Juan'. Soane's library also contains Richard Walters's 1748 account of Anson's voyage (q.v.). Frontispiece engraving by Charles Grignion after a drawing by Samuel Wale. ESTC t142259.

Binding Later C19th half calf, gilt- and blind-ruled spine, cloth boards.

Reference Number 262


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