London: Printed by H. M. for B. Lintot and R. Gosling, A. Bettesworth and W. Innys, 1712.
First edition of both volumes. Folding map of the world as frontispiece (California as island) and 19 plates, the folding plan of Cusco soiled, the Amazon plate with short marginal tear near hinge and small mark on one fold, else very good; second volume with two folding charts and 7 engraved plates and maps (most folding). [xxiv], 456, [10 Index], [2, ads]; [viii], xxiiv, 328, [8, index] pp. 2 vols. 8vo. The source of "Robinson Crusoe" First volume in recent full panelled calf gilt in period style; second volume in contemporary panelled calf tooled in blind. Second volume with some rubbing and spotting, manuscript marginalia throughout. Handsome set of an important work Hill 372; Borba de Moraes p. 206; Howes C733; NMM 1:99; Sabin 16303 citing the second edition; Streeter sale 2427; Wagner Spanish Southwest 77. Item #16725
The first edition of this account of Cooke’s voyage on the Dutchess was rushed into print in a single volume, with the account of the voyage home compressed into a final chapter, in order to beat to the market Captain Woodes Rogers' account of the same voyage. A second edition appeared the same year, with the final chapter expanded into an entire second volume. This set comprises the single volume first edition, and volume two from the second, the material of which is here published for the first time.
Cooke's account was not only the first published but is superior to Rogers' account in content, as well: it includes a profusely illustrated translation of a Spanish manuscript describing the west coast from Tierra del Fuego to California, and a large number of maps and plates besides. It also contains the first appearance of the account of Alexander Selkirk's ordeal, credited as being the source of Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe"
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