Robinson Crusoe: the life and strange surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, mariner... Written by himself. A new edition revised and corrected for the enhancement of nautical education. Illustrated by technical and geographical annotation and embellished with maps and engravings by the hydrographer of the Naval Chronicle. Daniel DEFOE.

Robinson Crusoe…
Robinson Crusoe: the life and strange surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, mariner... Written by himself. A new edition revised and corrected for the enhancement of nautical education. Illustrated by technical and geographical annotation and embellished with maps and engravings by the hydrographer of the Naval Chronicle

London: [Printed by J. Gold Naval Chronicle Office...] and published by Joseph Mawman, 1815.

Octavo, folding map of the world by J. Mawman, illustrated throughout with woodcuts; early marbled boards, red morocco spine label.

Robinson Crusoe bookends the life and career of Matthew Flinders

A remarkable edition of Defoe's great novel, commissioned by the Naval Chronicle, and a publication keenly anticipated by Matthew Flinders: in his last known letter, written from his deathbed, he wrote to subscribe to its forthcoming publication. The Naval Chronicle was a professional journal full of British naval news and reports. Its hydrographical editor was responsible for preparing this, surely the most fascinating edition of Robinson Crusoe to have been published. It is annotated throughout with fantastically long footnotes, written with a view to the 'advancement of nautical education.' The strangeness of this edition is illustrated by the index entry for Captain Cook: 'nearly lost at Bonavista (note), 25. His recipe for curing salt meat, 27.' With extensive notes on sailing directions, geography and particularly natural history, this work was meant to rouse young sailors: in this sense, there is no doubt that Flinders was one of the great navigators who had in fact originally inspired this idea - it was in the Naval Chronicle, after all, that he first published his now famous comment that he had been 'induced to go to sea against the wish of friends, from reading Robinson Crusoe.'

A remarkable edition of Defoe's great novel, commissioned by the Naval Chronicle, and a publication keenly anticipated by Matthew Flinders: in his last known letter, written from his deathbed, he wrote to subscribe to its forthcoming publication. The Naval Chronicle was a professional journal full of British naval news and reports. Its hydrographical editor was responsible for preparing this, surely the most fascinating edition of Robinson Crusoe to have been published. It is annotated throughout with fantastically long footnotes, written with a view to the 'advancement of nautical education.' The strangeness of this edition is illustrated by the index entry for Captain Cook: 'nearly lost at Bonavista (note), 25. His recipe for curing salt meat, 27.' With extensive notes on sailing directions, geography and particularly natural history, this work was meant to rouse young sailors: in this sense, there is no doubt that Flinders was one of the great navigators who had in fact originally inspired this idea - it was in the Naval Chronicle, after all, that he first published his now famous comment that he had been 'induced to go to sea against the wish of friends, from reading Robinson Crusoe.'

This new version was being finalised while Flinders was ailing after his belated return from Mauritius and the hectic preparation of his own great voyage account, and he followed its progress with interest. His last known letter, written a mere eight days before his death on 19 July 1814, was to the editor of the Naval Chronicle asking him to 'insert his name in the list of subscribers to his new edition of Robinson Crusoe; he wishes also that the volume, on delivery, should have a neat common binding, and be lettered' (Matthew Flinders: Personal Letters from an Extraordinary Life, p. 239). Defoe's great novel thus bookends Flinders' remarkable life.

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