Apr 14, 2015 - Sale 2380

Sale 2380 - Lot 72

Price Realized: $ 2,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(CALIFORNIA.) Shelvocke, George. A Voyage Round the World by Way of the Great South Sea. Folding map on 2 sheets, 4 plates. [8], xxxii, [4], 468 pages. 8vo, contemporary paneled calf, tastefully rebacked; moderate dampstaining; early bookplate and later tag on front pastedown. London, 1726

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first edition of a privateering narrative. "Shelvocke has the fullest accounts of California, the natives and other features, of any of the old voyagers. Gold-dust was discovered by the party in abundance, or such they claimed"--Cowan 1933, page 211. The world map, in two hemispheres, depicts California as an island, and two of the plates depict Californians. Also contains interesting accounts of Brazil, sacking a Peruvian village, and a shipwreck on Juan Fernandez Island. South America. Borba de Moraes, page II:795; European Americana 726/192; Hill 1557 ("An incident . . . in which a sailor kills an albatross, is said to have inspired Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner"); Howes S383 ("b"); Sabin 80158; Wagner, Spanish Southwest 88.