A VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD

: Anson (George)

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in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV, by George Anson Esq; Commander in Chief of a squadron of his Majesty's ships, sent upon an expedition to the South-Seas, compiled from papers and other materials of the Right Honourable George Lord Anson, and published under his direction by Richard Walter, M.A., chaplain of his Majesty's ship the Centurion, in that expedition, illustrated with forty-two copper-plates, printed for the author

 

[xx] + 417 + [ii]pp., folding maps, folding illus., marbled endpapers, full leather sypathetically rebacked, light wear to corners, London, 1748

 

While Great Britain was at war with Spain in 1740, Commodore George Anson led a squadron of eight ships on a mission to disrupt or capture Spain's Pacific possessions. The voyage was notable for the capture of an Acapulco galleon but also horrific losses to disease with only 188 men of the original 1,854 surviving. He returned to Britain in 1744 by way of China, thus completing a circumnavigation.