London: John and Paul Knapton, 1748. First Edition. Thick 4to, 417pp, complete with all plates, subscriber's list, and leaf of Directions to the Bookbinder for Placing the Copper-Plates. Later 3/4 morocco and boards. Small mend to corner of title page and ink inscription on its verso (a quotation from Hanway's Travels); ten plates with strengthening or mending, no loss; occasional spots of foxing and minor smudges; 18th century ink notations in rear on final blank, otherwise a very good complete copy with generous margins. Item #205730
Anson commanded a squadron of eight ships on a mission against Spain's possession in the Pacific. The mission was a disaster and Anson's crew were beset by weather, war, and disease, with many deaths among the crew. This account of the voyage was a very popular publication. The plates include maps, charts, and views of locales and the ships.