Auction 169, Lot 32

"Carte dans Laquelle on voit la Route que le Centurion a Tenu dans le Voiage au Tour du Monde", Anson, George

Subject: World

Period: 1749 (circa)

Publication: Voyage Autour du Monde

Color: Hand Color

15.8 x 8.9 inches
40.1 x 22.6 cm

This is a map of Anson's voyage around the world from the French edition of the voyage published in 1750. It was engraved by Lattre and is identical to the English edition "A Chart Shewing the Track of the Centurion Round the World…" except for the French place names and title. Details in the chart are limited to the immediate region affected by the voyage leaving continental interiors blank save for large rivers, lakes, and seas and important cities. California is depicted as an island, and is a very late depiction of this cartographic error.

This world map accompanied an account of Commodore Anson's expedition to the South Seas to harass the Spanish bases but, more importantly, plunder their shipping. From a military viewpoint the expedition was a disaster: back-stabbing in the Admiralty meant that Anson was equipped with poor ships and received a regiment of Chelsea Pensioners rather than the promised Marines. One had served at the Battle of the Boyne sixty years earlier! Half had deserted before they reached the docks at Portsmouth. An atrocious voyage meant that the fleet arrived in the Pacific in very poor shape, but a stroke of luck presented them with a Spanish galleon laden with silver. On their return to London, thirty-two wagons were needed to transfer it to the Tower of London.


Condition: A

A fine impression on a watermarked sheet with light toning along the sheet edges.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/12/2018