A Voyage Round the World

By: Shelvocke, George [with introduction and notes by W.G. Perrin]

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Book Condition: Very Good


(Originally published in 1726). Reprint, octavo, illustrated, pp xxii, 262, scattered foxing, otherwise exceptionally clean internally, cloth in very good condition, in a sl worn dustwrapper which is very browned on its spine. [The author, c.1675 - 1742, was an English Royal Navy officer and later privateer. His book includes an account of how his second captain, Simon Hatley, shot an albatross off Cape Horn, an incident which provided the dramatic motive in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. His ship, the Speedwell, was involved in a 1719 expedition to loot Spanish ships and settlements along the Pacific coast of the Americas. The English had just renewed hostilities with Spain in the War of the Quadruple Alliance, and the ships carried letters of marque which gave them official permission to wage war on the Spanish and keep the profits. Shelvocke broke away from the accompanying ship, the Clipperton, shortly after leaving British waters and appears to have avoided contact as much as possible for the rest of the voyage. In 1720 the Speedwell was wrecked on an island of Juan Fernández called Más a Tierra by the Spanish. Shelvocke and his crew were marooned there for five months but managed to build a 20-ton boat using some timbers and hardware salvaged from the wreck, in addition to wood obtained from locally felled trees. Leaving the island on 6 October, they transferred into their first prize, renamed the Happy Return,[8] and resumed privateering, despite the war having ended in February and rendered their letter of marque invalid. They continued up the coast of South America from Chile to Baja California, capturing more vessels along the way, before crossing the Pacific to Macao and returning to England in July 1722.]

Title: A Voyage Round the World

Author Name: Shelvocke, George [with introduction and notes by W.G. Perrin]

Categories: Travel, History, Maritime,

Publisher: London, Cassell & Company Ltd: 1928

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Rather age-toned

Seller ID: 011961