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A Voyage Round the World. Being an Account of a Remarkable Enterprize, Begun in the Year 1719, Chiefly to Cruise on the Spaniards in the Great South Ocean

By William Betagh

1728

T Combes, J Lacy and J Clarke : London

8" by 5"

[8], 1-342, [3]pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

A very scarce example of the text to William Betagh's narrative of Shelvocke's 1719 buccaneering expedition. A contentious account, which throws a different narrative on the journey to the already well publicised rendition by Shelvocke.

In the contemporary binding. Lacking the title page, first eight pages of the contents and pages 81-82. This copy does not have the world map plate and therefore is the text only. ESTC No. T181354. The final two leaves comprise of the Memorandum. The voyage discussed to this work was undertaken by Royal Navy officer George Shelvocke and his crew on the 'Speedwell' alongside the 'Success' captained by John Clipperton. This expedition was to loot Spanish ships and settlements along the Pacific coast of the Americas. Shelvocke's own account of this journey was issued in 1723 and describes his second captain, Simon Hatley shooting an albatross off Cape Horn. It is believed this inspired Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famed poem, 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. The 'Success' and the 'Speedwell' were separated shortly after leaving British waters, a decision made by Shelvocke. The 'Speedwell' was shipwrecked in 1720, with the crew marooned for five months whilst they built a boat using some timbers from the wreck. The crew then continued privateering, even though by this point the War of the Quadruple Alliance had ended and therefore any authority they had was now void. The author of this work, Betagh, accompanied Shelvocke on this journey and interestingly provides a different narrative of the buccaneering to Shelvocke's own famed account. Betagh disputes many claims made by Shelvocke and therefore this work makes for a fascinating read. Betagh provides analyses of the expedition, the aftermath, as well as captains Clipperton and Shelvocke. A very scarce and fascinating account.

CONDITION

In the original contemporary calf binding. Externally, worn. Heavy loss to the spine and to the boards, which are rubbed. Front hinge is tender with cords showing. Rear hinge is tender with cords showing. Lacking the title page and the first eight pages of the contents. Binding is generally firm, with some leaves loosening slightly to the start and end. Loss to the page edge of P.3. Lacking pages 81-82. Pages are cockled, with tidemarks throughout the work. Loss to the final leaf at the edge, not affecting text. Occasional spots to pages.

Overall Condition: Fair

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