A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711 containing … A description of the American Coasts from Tierra del Fuego in the South to California in the North, (from a Coasting Pilot, a Spanish Manuscript). An Historical Account of all those countries … With a new Map and Description of the mighty River of the Amazons. Wherein an Account is given of Mr. Alexander Selkirk, his manner of living and taming some wild Beasts during the four Years and four months he liv'd upon the uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes. Edward Cooke.
A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711 containing … A description of the American Coasts from Tierra del Fuego in the South to California in the North, (from a Coasting Pilot, a Spanish Manuscript). An Historical Account of all those countries … With a new Map and Description of the mighty River of the Amazons. Wherein an Account is given of Mr. Alexander Selkirk, his manner of living and taming some wild Beasts during the four Years and four months he liv'd upon the uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes
A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711 containing … A description of the American Coasts from Tierra del Fuego in the South to California in the North, (from a Coasting Pilot, a Spanish Manuscript). An Historical Account of all those countries … With a new Map and Description of the mighty River of the Amazons. Wherein an Account is given of Mr. Alexander Selkirk, his manner of living and taming some wild Beasts during the four Years and four months he liv'd upon the uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes
A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711 containing … A description of the American Coasts from Tierra del Fuego in the South to California in the North, (from a Coasting Pilot, a Spanish Manuscript). An Historical Account of all those countries … With a new Map and Description of the mighty River of the Amazons. Wherein an Account is given of Mr. Alexander Selkirk, his manner of living and taming some wild Beasts during the four Years and four months he liv'd upon the uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes
A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711 containing … A description of the American Coasts from Tierra del Fuego in the South to California in the North, (from a Coasting Pilot, a Spanish Manuscript). An Historical Account of all those countries … With a new Map and Description of the mighty River of the Amazons. Wherein an Account is given of Mr. Alexander Selkirk, his manner of living and taming some wild Beasts during the four Years and four months he liv'd upon the uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes
A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711 containing … A description of the American Coasts from Tierra del Fuego in the South to California in the North, (from a Coasting Pilot, a Spanish Manuscript). An Historical Account of all those countries … With a new Map and Description of the mighty River of the Amazons. Wherein an Account is given of Mr. Alexander Selkirk, his manner of living and taming some wild Beasts during the four Years and four months he liv'd upon the uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes
A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711 containing … A description of the American Coasts from Tierra del Fuego in the South to California in the North, (from a Coasting Pilot, a Spanish Manuscript). An Historical Account of all those countries … With a new Map and Description of the mighty River of the Amazons. Wherein an Account is given of Mr. Alexander Selkirk, his manner of living and taming some wild Beasts during the four Years and four months he liv'd upon the uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes

The source of "Robinson Crusoe"

A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711 containing … A description of the American Coasts from Tierra del Fuego in the South to California in the North, (from a Coasting Pilot, a Spanish Manuscript). An Historical Account of all those countries … With a new Map and Description of the mighty River of the Amazons. Wherein an Account is given of Mr. Alexander Selkirk, his manner of living and taming some wild Beasts during the four Years and four months he liv'd upon the uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes.

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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