London: Jacob Robinson, 1743. Fine. Item #001654E
FIRST EDITION, without the author's real names included in the title. 220pp. Full calf antique, gilt binding. The authors were respectively gunner and carpenter of the Wager, a ship of George Anson's fleet which rounded Cape Horn and ran aground on 14 May 1741 in the Guayaneco Archipelago on the southern coast of Chile. After the loss of the Wager, Bulkeley and Cummins organized the mutiny against Captain Cheap. This Narrative describes how the mutineers made their way back through the hazardous navigation of the Straits of Magellan in a surviving longboat, named the Speedwell, to eventually reach Rio de Janeiro.
Provenance: Edward Arblaster (signature).
Provenance: Bookplate of Steve Fossett; Explorer, Adventurer; Sailor and first man to navigate the Earth in a balloon.
Hill 210; Sabin 9108; Huntress 50; Evans 7859.