ROGERS, Captain Woodes (c.1679-1732)
A CRUISING VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD: First to the SOUTH-SEA, thence to the EAST-INDIES, and homewards by the Cape of GOOD HOPE. Begun in 1708, and finish'd in 1711. CONTAINING A JOURNAL of all the remarkable Transactions; particularly of the takings of Puna and Guiaquil, of the Acapulca Ship, and other Prizes: An Account of Alexander Selkirk's living alone four Years and four Months in an Island; and a brief Description of several Countries in our Course noted for Trade, especially in the South-Sea. With Maps of all the Coast, from the best Spanish Manuscript Draughts. And an INTRODUCTION relating to the South-Sea Trade. By Captain WOODES ROGERS, Commander in Chief in this Expedition, with the Ships Duke and Dutchess of Bristol
London: Andrew Bell at the Cross-Keys and Bible in Cornhil, and Bernard Lintot at the Cross-Keys between the Temple-Gates, Fleet Street, 1718. 8vo. (7 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches). Second edition, corrected. [i-ii] iii-xix [xx] 1-428, 1-57  with 5 engraved fold-out maps. 512 pp. Sections: Introduction, A Cruising Voyage Round the World, Appendix, Index.
Contemporary blind-tooled panelled calf, expertly re-backed with raised bands forming six compartments, gilt red and black Morocco letterpieces in second and third compartments.
The desirable second edition of an important early Pacific voyage, a classic of buccaneering literature that inspired Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
A landmark account of privateering in the Pacific. Rogers sailed from Bristol, with William Dampier as pilot, toward the coast of Brazil, round Cape Horn, and then to Juan Fernandez, where he rescued Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor eking out a lonely existence after being marooned on the island for over four years. He writes of Selkirk's rescue: "Febr. 2.  Immediately our Pinnace return's from the shore, and brought an abundance of Craw-fish, with a Man cloth'd in Goat Skins, who look'd wilder than the first Owners of them." It was this famous rescue that provided Rogers's friend Daniel Defoe with the plot for Robinson Crusoe. The three-year expedition crossed the Pacific to Asia and captured several vessels including the Manila galleon at Puerto Seguro. Rogers's account also includes an important early description of California (pp. 279-311). Interestingly, Rogers was able to pursue a course of legally-sanctioned piracy due to the letters of marque issued during the Spanish War of Secession to British merchant ships. In this capacity, he was part of a civilian maritime faction given the right to challenge the French and Spanish trading monopoly in the South Seas. This was only the beginning of his dalliances with the world of piracy: Rogers returned to England from this expedition and was contracted to launch a voyage against the pirates of the Bahamas. He was appointed Captain General and Governor of the islands, and was successful in persuading all but the most ferocious pirates to surrender. Those pirates who resisted, most notably Charles Vane and Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, battled against Governor Rogers for control of their former island haunts. One of the more successful early Pacific voyages, Rogers returned to England a national hero. The public was fascinated by the story and his description of the adventurous voyage, and the book sold well. Early editions are scarce, with the second edition of 1718 being the most uncommon. This is the true second edition, though a later printing in 1726 falsely claimed to be the second. The five maps show the voyagers' track around the world and the South Sea coast of America, from the island of Chiloé to Acapulco. A handsome copy of this classic of pirate literature.
Borba de Moraes, p. 744. European Americana 712/194. Cowan p.194. Cox I 46. Hill 1479. Howes R421. NMM 472. Sabin 72754. Streeter sale 2429. Wagner, Spanish Southwest, 78.