Very Good+ Very Good+ First Edition in contemporary paneled calf with modern rebacking. Spine in five compartments with gilt rules, Leather spine label gilt lettering. Complete with folding frontispiece map showing California as an island and four additional plates, two folding. Map entitled "A Correct Map of the World Describing Capt. Shelvocke's Voyage Round". Covers mild scuffs. Scattered foxing. 8vo. Frontis, [8 including 1 errata], xxxii, [4 Contents], 468 pp. George Shelvocke (1675-1742) will forever be known for his circumnavigation of the globe in the early eighteenth century. On his trip around Cape Horn his second mate shot an albatross. Shelvocke's recounting of this event served as the inspiration for Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (suggested to Coleridge by his good friend Wordsworth). His ship, "Speedwell" was wrecked in 1720 (? ? intentionally) on Selkirk Island where Shelvocke and his crew were marooned for five months before building a ship from timbers of the Speedwell and wood on the island. The island was named for Alexander Selkirk who was marooned on an adjacent island for five years (1704-1709). Selkirk was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's classic novel "Robinson Crusoe". Indeed, the actual island where Selkirk was marooned was named by the Chilean government Robinson Crusoe Island. Shelvocke then sailed along the coast of California. His descriptions of the natives are among the most authoritative of the period. In addition he described gold in California over a century before its "discovery" at Sutter's Mill. Finally, the frontispiece map shows California as an island off the west coast of the North American continent. ---***********` One heck of a voyage and yet on return to England Shelvocke was tried for piracy but acquitted.
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