TRUE AND IMPARTIAL JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE TO THE SOUTH-SEAS AND ROUND THE GLOBE, IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP CENTURION, Under the Command of Commodore George Anson. Wherein all the material Incidents during the said Voyage, from its Commencement in the Year 1740 to its Conclusion in 1744, are fully and faithfully related...Together with some historical accounts of Chili, Peru, Mexico and the Empire of China...To which is added, A large and general Table of Longitudes and Latitudes...Also the Variations of the Compass...And...several curious Observations on a Comet seen in the South-Seas on the Coast of Mexico

(London: Printed and Sold by S. Birt...J. Newbery...J. Collyer..., 1745).

RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS SELDOM SEEN ACCOUNT OF ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT VOYAGES UNDERTAKEN FROM 18TH CENTURY ENGLAND. 'Pascoe Thomas kept a full and faithful daily journal of the incidents of this important four-year voyage. Included [is] an appendix giving an account of the treasure taken from the Nuestra Signora del Buono Carmella. This account . preceded the publication of the official account of Lord Anson's voyage by three years' (Hill).
'Commodore George Anson reached the Juan Fernández Islands in June 1741, with only three of his original six ships (HMS Centurion, HMS Gloucester and the sloop HMS Tryal). In the absence of any effective Spanish force on the coast, he was able to harass the enemy and to sack the small port city of Paita in Peru in November 1741. The steady decrease of his crews by scurvy and the worn-out state of his remaining consorts compelled him to collect all the remaining survivors in Centurion. He rested at the island of Tinian, and then made his way to Macao in November 1742.
After considerable difficulties with the Chinese, he sailed again with his one remaining vessel to cruise in search of one of the Manila galleons that conducted the trade between Mexico and the Chinese merchants in the Philippines, where he captured the Nuestra Señora de Covadonga with 1,313,843 pieces of eight on board, which he had encountered off Cape Espiritu Santo on 20 June 1743. The charts captured with the ship added many islands to the British knowledge of the Pacific, including the Anson Archipelago.
Anson took his prize back to Macao, sold her cargo to the Chinese, kept the specie, and sailed for England via the Cape of Good Hope. Passing by means of a thick fog a French fleet then patrolling the Channel, he reached England on 15 June 1744. The prize money earned from the capture of the galleon made Anson a rich man for life and bought him considerable political influence.
Anson was elected Member of Parliament for Hedon in Yorkshire in 1744. He joined the Board of Admiralty led by the Duke of Bedford in December 1744. Promoted to Rear-Admiral of the White on 23 April 1745 and to vice-admiral of the blue in July 1745, he took command of the Western Squadron, with his flag in the HMS Yarmouth, in July 1746.
Anson commanded the fleet that defeated the Marquis de la Jonquière at the First Battle of Cape Finisterre in May 1747 during the War of the Austrian Succession. His force captured the entire French squadron: four ships of the line, two frigates, and six merchantmen. The treasure amounted to £300,000. He was elevated to the peerage as Lord Anson, Baron of Soberton, in the County of Southampton on 11 June 1747. Of Anson, Jonquière is quoted thus: "Sir, you have vanquished the Invincible and Glory follows with you."' Wiki. Item #30862

First Edition. 8vo, handsomely bound in full contemporary calf, the spine with raised bands gilt ruled and a green morocco lettering label gilt, the covers with double gilt fillet rules at the borders. [xvi], 347, [1], 39 pp. A very pleasing copy in contemporary state, the hinges sometime strengthened and restored in expert, unobtrusive and sympathetic fashion incorporating the original spine panel and label. A clean, crisp and unpressed copy with very little of the expected mellowing.

Price: $1,950.00