Item #74892 Voyage Round the World. Containing An Account of Captain Dampier's. William FUNNELL.

Voyage Round the World. Containing An Account of Captain Dampier's

Item #74892

FUNNELL, William. A Voyage Round the World. Containing An Account of Captain Dampier's Expedition into the South-Seas in the Ship St. George, in the Years 1703 and 1704...Together with the Author's Voyage from Amapalla on the West-Coast of Mexico, to East-India...The Cape of Good Hope, &c. London: W. Botham, for James Knapton, 1707. [24],300 [i.e., 302],[18]pp. plus ten engraved plates and five folding engraved maps and charts. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked, with original gilt leather label. Minor edge wear, corners worn. Two bookplates on front endpapers. Single small wormhole running through text, plates and maps, most noticeable as a small track in the index. Minor toning. Very good. First edition of this important contemporary account of an early circumnavigation of the globe. "It was Funnell, not Dampier, who really circumnavigated the globe on this voyage, as Dampier proceeded only as far as the South Seas. The purpose of the expedition was to harass the Spaniards and take plunder from vessels and towns in South America. Its failure was due to the differences that arose between them. Funnell arrived in England before Dampier and seized the opportunity to compose a relation of his voyage; a task for which he was poorly qualified. His narrative contained much that was disapproved of by Dampier, who immediately after published a VINDICATION of his voyage, pointing out the misrepresentations of Funnell" - Hill. The folding world map usually bound as the frontispiece is here bound before the first page of text. Sometimes considered a fourth volume of Dampier's account, though there is no indication it was meant as such at the time of publication. HILL 664. BORBA DE MORAES I:333-334. ESTC T52634. SABIN 26213.

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