A Voyage Round the World by way of the Great South Sea, perform'd in a private Expedition during the War, which broke out with Spain, in the year 1718…. George SHELVOCKE.

A Voyage Round the World by way of the Great South Sea, perform'd in a private Expedition…
A Voyage Round the World by way of the Great South Sea, perform'd in a private Expedition during the War, which broke out with Spain, in the year 1718…

London: W. Innys… and J. Richardson, 1757.

Octavo, with a folding world map as frontispiece and three engraved plates, two of them folding; contemporary calf, well rebacked; a good copy.

Coleridge's Ancient Mariner and the terrible voyage cursed by the albatross

Second and best edition, revised by Shelvocke's son, the various additions extending the text by eight pages, and "much better printed" (Borba de Moraes), although in this copy at least the vignette at the head of the preface has been printed upside-down.

Second and best edition, revised by Shelvocke's son, the various additions extending the text by eight pages, and "much better printed" (Borba de Moraes), although in this copy at least the vignette at the head of the preface has been printed upside-down.

This controversial narrative was originally written by the buccaneer Shelvocke to defend himself against charges of piracy and embezzlement. It is the direct source for Coleridge's 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner': Wordsworth pointed out to Coleridge the anecdote of a sailor killing an albatross, thus condemning the ship to a terrible polar passage.

"On the map of the world, California is shown as an island. Two of the plates represent male and female inhabitants of California. Shelvocke has the fullest account of California, the natives and other features, of any of the old voyagers. Gold-dust was discovered by the party in such abundance, or so they claimed, that they were "prejudiced against the thought that this metal should be so promiscuously and universally mingled with the common earth", but the specimens they brought away were lost…" (Cowan).

Provenance: Frederick E. Ellis (American collector, with bookplate and ownership signature).

Borba de Moraes, p. 796; Cowan, pp. 581-2; Sabin, 80159.

Condition Report: A good, clean copy.

Price (AUD): $4,400.00

US$3,135.15   Other currencies

Ref: #5000330

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