ROGERS, Captain Woodes (d. 1732)
A Cruising Voyage Round the World: First to the South-Seas, thence to the East Indies, and homewards by the Cape of Good Hope. Begun in 1708, and finished in 1711... Containing a journal of all the remarkable transactions...an account of Alexander Selkirk's living alone four years and four months on an island
London: printed for A. Bell and B. Lintot, 1712. Octavo. (7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches). 5 engraved folding maps.
Contemporary panelled calf, expertly rebacked to style.
First edition of an important early Pacific voyage and a British buccaneering classic.
Rogers, who was accompanied by William Dampier as his pilot, went out via Cape Horn, rescued Alexander Selkirk from the island of Juan Fernandez (making this the source book for Robinson Crusoe, with an account of his experiences), and then attacked Spanish shipping on the west coast of South America and Mexico, succeeding in taking the Acapulco galleon in 1709, as well as other prizes. The expedition went as far north as California, and put into various ports in South America. The maps show the voyagers' track around the world and the South Sea coast of America from the island of Chiloe to Acapulco. The sources for some of these maps include manuscripts taken from the Spanish on the expedition. Rogers's eyewitness account of his adventures provides an important contemporary source for its vivid descriptions of buccaneering life on the high seas.
European Americana 712/194; Cowan p.194; Cox I, 46; Hill (2004) 1479; Howes R421, "b."; Sabin 72753; Streeter sale 2429; Wagner Spanish Southwest 78; Borba de Moraes, p. 744 ("very rare"); NMM, Piracy & Privateering, 472.