A Collection of Original Voyages: containing I. Capt. Cowley's Voyage round the Globe. II. Captain Sharp's Journey over the Isthmus of Darien, and Expedition into the South Seas, Written by himself. III. Capt. Wood's Voyage thro' the Streights of Magellan. IV. Mr. Roberts's Adventures among the Corsairs of the Levant; his Account of their Way of Living; Description of the Archipelago Islands, Taking of Scio, &c. William HACKE.
A Collection of Original Voyages: containing I. Capt. Cowley's Voyage round the Globe. II. Captain Sharp's Journey over the Isthmus of Darien, and Expedition into the South Seas, Written by himself. III. Capt. Wood's Voyage thro' the Streights of Magellan. IV. Mr. Roberts's Adventures among the Corsairs of the Levant; his Account of their Way of Living; Description of the Archipelago Islands, Taking of Scio, &c.
A Collection of Original Voyages: containing I. Capt. Cowley's Voyage round the Globe. II. Captain Sharp's Journey over the Isthmus of Darien, and Expedition into the South Seas, Written by himself. III. Capt. Wood's Voyage thro' the Streights of Magellan. IV. Mr. Roberts's Adventures among the Corsairs of the Levant; his Account of their Way of Living; Description of the Archipelago Islands, Taking of Scio, &c.

A Collection of Original Voyages…
A Collection of Original Voyages: containing I. Capt. Cowley's Voyage round the Globe. II. Captain Sharp's Journey over the Isthmus of Darien, and Expedition into the South Seas, Written by himself. III. Capt. Wood's Voyage thro' the Streights of Magellan. IV. Mr. Roberts's Adventures among the Corsairs of the Levant; his Account of their Way of Living; Description of the Archipelago Islands, Taking of Scio, &c.

London: James Knapton, 1699.

Octavo, with three folding maps and three engraved plates, two woodcuts in the text; with the blank leaf D8, and complete with the three pages of publication announcements by Knapton bound in at the end; an attractive copy in contemporary speckled calf, neatly respined.

The armchair pirate publishes the real thing

Scarce first edition of this famous collection, one of the important works issued by the publisher Knapton to capitalise on the best-selling account of Dampier's first voyage to the South Seas. The work was prepared by William Hacke, who claimed to be a buccaneer himself but seems to have been more of an armchair pirate, making his living in London's Wapping from selling rutters, manuscript atlases copied from the "derroteros" plundered from Spanish vessels.

Scarce first edition of this famous collection, one of the important works issued by the publisher Knapton to capitalise on the best-selling account of Dampier's first voyage to the South Seas. The work was prepared by William Hacke, who claimed to be a buccaneer himself but seems to have been more of an armchair pirate, making his living in London's Wapping from selling rutters, manuscript atlases copied from the "derroteros" plundered from Spanish vessels.

Hacke's collection brings together the accounts of four voyages which provide important source material, particularly for the history of the buccaneers. Although the voyages of the buccaneers were private enterprise expeditions, they were responsible for considerably extending geographical knowledge: Cowley, who sailed for many months with Dampier in the early 1680s, sailed further south than had previously been done, and named some of the Galapagos Islands. His narrative is accompanied by a fine world map which marks his track across the Pacific to Guam, China and then through the Straits of Sunda and the Cape of Good Hope. Similarly, Sharp provides perceptive observations on Panama and the west coast of South America and was the Captain responsible for carrying off a Spanish atlas in 1680, 'from which Hacke made several highly important manuscript atlases' (Hill). The two concluding voyages which make up the collection are those of Wood, who was with Sir John Narborough during his crucial navigation of the Magellan Straits and the straight-talking Roberts, press-ganged onto a corsair in the Levant.

Not averse to massaging history, Hacke in his role as editor literally created the fictional 'Pepys Island.' The account of Dampier and of his cohort Cowley were fractionally different in the mapping of the Sebald de Weerts (now the Falklands) and Hacke falsified Cowley's journal to invent an island and name it after the diarist Samuel Pepys, then Secretary to the Admiralty. Burney writes incredulously that this error persisted in the charts for a full century because 'it seems never to have been generally understood, that Dampier and Cowley were at this time in the same ship, and their voyage thus far the same'.

Hacke's work was part of the canonical group that was later reissued by Dampier's energetic publisher Knapton in the complete four-volume Dampier of 1729.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

European Americana, 699/96; Hill, 741; James Ford Bell, H4; NMM, Piracy and Privateering, 239; Sabin, 29473; Wing, H168.

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