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Voyages.- California.- Shelvocke (Capt. George) A

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Voyages.- California.- Shelvocke (Capt.George) A Voyage round the World by the Way of the Great South Sea, first edition, folding engraved twin-hemisphere map, engraved title-vignette, 4 engraved plates, 2 folding, light staining to fore-edge at beginning, ink markings to margins, a few stains, slight worming to lower outer corner of a few leaves, bookplate of Booth Grey, contemporary panelled calf, rubbed, rebacked preserving old spine, new label, corners repaired, new endpapers, [Cowan pp.581-2; Hill 1557; Sabin 80158], 8vo, for J. Senex, 1726.

⁂ Scarce account of Shelvocke's privateering adventures through the Pacific and with what Cowan calls "the fullest account of California, the natives and their features, of any of the old voyagers." The map depicts California as an island and two of the plates show natives of California; there are also early references to Californian gold and Peruvian guano. It has been suggested that Shevlocke's account of the passage around Cape Horn, where a sailor killed an albatross, inspired Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
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Voyages.- California.- Shelvocke (Capt. George) A

Estimate £1,000 - £1,500Jul 16, 2020
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