"Gezigt van de Kaap Espiritu Santo, op Samal, een der Filippynsche Eilanden... / Vue du Cap Espiritu Santo, dans l'Ile de Samal...", Tirion, Isaac
Subject: Cape Espiritu Santo, Samar, Philippines
Period: 1748 (dated)
Publication: Reize Rondsom de Werreld
Color: Hand Color
14.5 x 7.5 inches
36.8 x 19.1 cm
In 1740 George Anson set sail in command of a British 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 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 Cape Espiritu Santo on the northeastern coast of Samar on June 20, 1743. This view shows the Centurion battling the the Nuestra Señora de Covadonga with the cape shown in the background. Engraved by F. de Bakker.
A nice impression, issued folding on a sheet with a "LYU 1742" watermark, a couple of tiny tears along the folds, and light toning and soiling mostly confined to the edges of the sheet. A separation along the plate mark in the right blank margin has been professionally reinforced with old paper on verso.