"Reize Rondsom de Werreld, Gedaan in de Jaaren 1740 tot 1744, Door Den Heere George Anson…", Anson, George
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1765 (dated)
Color: Black & White
5.5 x 8.3 inches
14 x 21.1 cm
Handsome little title page from a Dutch edition of Anson's Voyage around the World. Printed in black and red ink with a fine engraving showing Anson's capture of the Spanish galleon within a fancy cartouche containing Anson's portrait.
In 1740 Anson set sail in command of a squadron sent to attack Spanish possessions and interests in South America. The expedition was ill-equipped and failed to carry out its original ambitious mission. By June 1741 when Anson reached Juan Fernandes, his force had been reduced to only three of the original six ships, while the strength of his crews had fallen from 961 to 335. After recuperating on the island he 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 the history of sea adventure gained the reward of the capture of an immensely rich prize, the Nuestra Señora de Covadonga, which he encountered off Cape Espiritu Santo on June 20, 1743.
Some minor foxing with margins trimmed.