A Voyage to the South Seas, in the Years 1740-1. Containing, a faithful Narrative of the Loss of His Majesty's Ship the Wager on a desolate Island… With the Proceedings and Conduct of the Officers and Crew and Hardships they endured in the said Island for the Space of five Months; their bold Attempt for Liberty, in Coasting the Southern Part of the vast Region of Patagonia… [and many more adventures until:] their Passage and Usage on Board a Portugese Ship to Lisbon; and their Return to England…. John BULKELEY, John CUMMINS.

A Voyage to the South Seas, in the Years 1740-1.
A Voyage to the South Seas, in the Years 1740-1. Containing, a faithful Narrative of the Loss of His Majesty's Ship the Wager on a desolate Island… With the Proceedings and Conduct of the Officers and Crew and Hardships they endured in the said Island for the Space of five Months; their bold Attempt for Liberty, in Coasting the Southern Part of the vast Region of Patagonia… [and many more adventures until:] their Passage and Usage on Board a Portugese Ship to Lisbon; and their Return to England…

London: Jacob Robinson, 1743.

Octavo, a good copy in contemporary sprinkled sheep, rebacked.

Surviving the wreck of Anson's Wager

First edition of this classic story of shipwreck and survival : the gunner and the carpenter on the doomed vessel the Wager, one of Anson's fleet, describe the wrecking of the ship off the coast of Chile, the survivors' life on shore, and their subsequent voyage in a longboat through the Straits of Magellan to Rio de Janeiro. As Spate has remarked, "For wild drama, or melodrama, very few tales of the sea can match this". Bulkeley and Cummins led the mutinous faction which refused to accompany Captain Cheap, Byron and others northward after the shipwreck, preferring instead to head back through the Straits of Magellan. After marooning several of their number they finally reached safety in Brazil, whence they returned to England, arriving some two years after the wreck.

First edition of this classic story of shipwreck and survival : the gunner and the carpenter on the doomed vessel the Wager, one of Anson's fleet, describe the wrecking of the ship off the coast of Chile, the survivors' life on shore, and their subsequent voyage in a longboat through the Straits of Magellan to Rio de Janeiro. As Spate has remarked, "For wild drama, or melodrama, very few tales of the sea can match this". Bulkeley and Cummins led the mutinous faction which refused to accompany Captain Cheap, Byron and others northward after the shipwreck, preferring instead to head back through the Straits of Magellan. After marooning several of their number they finally reached safety in Brazil, whence they returned to England, arriving some two years after the wreck.

Like Anson's own official account of the expedition this was a popular book and went through a number of editions. There were two editions in the first year of publication, one as here giving the authors' names on the title-page and the other anonymously published.

Provenance: With the charming husband-and-wife bookplate of Arthur & Elizabeth Holdsworth of Widdicombe House, near Dartmouth, Devon; the Holdsworths were a mercantile family connected to the Newfoundland trade. They evidently had quite a library as the engraved armorial bookplate has turned up on a variety of books over the years. Arthur Holdsworth served as Governor of Dartmouth Castle from 1777 until his death and as the MP for Dartmouth from 1780.

Alden, European Americana, 743/40; Hill, 210; James Ford Bell, B603; Sabin, 9108; see also P.G. Adams, 'Travelers and Travel Liars', New York, 1980, pp. 167-8.

Condition Report: Edges of spine a little rubbed; a good copy.

Price (AUD): $4,250.00

US$3,192.79   Other currencies

Ref: #5000356

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