The Narrative of the Honourable John Byron (Commodore in a Late Expedition round the World) containing an Account of the Great Distresses suffered by himself and His Companions on the Coast of Patagonia from the Year 1740, Till Their Arrival in England, 1746. With a Description of St. Jago De Chili, and the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants. Also a Relation of the Loss of the WAGER Man of War, One of Admiral Anson's Squadron.

London: S. Baker and G. Leigh, 1768.

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Second edition, same year as the first. Frontispiece, viii, 257 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary calf. Rebacked. Very good. Sabin 9730; Hill Collection 233.

Item #316045

John Byron, midshipman on the Wager, was shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Chile. He was a member of the party who remained with Capt. David Cheap. They were imprisoned by the Spanish authorities. “Foul-Weather Jack” Byron commanded a voyage round the world on the Dolhin, 1764-6; his grandson was the poet, who drew upon the Narrative for details of the shipwreck in Don Juan (canto III).
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