"Carte du Canal des Isles Philippines Par Lequel Passe le Galion de Manille et les Iles Voisines de ce Canal", Anson, George
Period: 1765 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
16.5 x 21 inches
41.9 x 53.3 cm
A large, graphic chart of the Philippines from a Dutch edition of Anson's account of his circumnavigation, one of the last great buccaneering voyages. It illustrates the track of the Manila galleon route. The coasts of the islands are fairly accurately charted but there are no details inland. In 1740 Anson set sail in command of a squadron sent to attack Spanish possessions and interests in South America. The ill-equipped expedition failed to carry out its original ambitious mission and the squadron nearly perished. In June 1741 Anson collected the remaining survivors on his flagship, the Centurion, and set sail in search of one of the richly laden galleons that conducted the trade between Mexico and the Philippines. The indomitable perseverance he had shown during one of the most arduous voyages in the history of sea adventure gained him the reward of an immensely rich prize, the Nuestra Señora de Covadonga, which he encountered off Cap de Espiritu Santo on June 20, 1743.
Issued folding, now pressed. Expert, and nearly invisible repair of a short binding tear at lower left.