Carteret's Voyage round the World, 1766-1769
Publisher: Hakluyt Society
2 volumes: xii+274pp with 14 plates, including frontispiece and 9 maps (which 4 are folding); vi+- 564pp with 6 plates, 3 maps of which 2 are folding, bibliography and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6") issued in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and buccaneering ship embossed on front cover, front cover edges blind stamped. Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, second series, volumes CXXIV and CXXV. 1st edtion.
Captain Philip Carteret sailed to the South Seas in 1766 as second in comman to Samuel Wallis on a voyage for the discovery of the Southern Continent. Separating from Wallis at the exit to the Strait of Magellan he went on to make an independent voyage which has earned him the reputation of being the ables and most ill-fated of Cook's immediate precursors. Hadicapped by a defective ship and inadequate supplies he made a spirited attempt to carry out his instructions. While Wallis was enjoying the delights of Tahiti, Carteret on a more southerly track rediscovered the long lost Spanish discoveries of Santa Cruz and the Solomon Islands, and then became involved in a bitter dispute with the Dutch in Celebes which almost ended in open warfare. This edition presents the first full account of the voyage. It is based on Carteret's own manuscript Journals, including one which Carteret wrote with a view to publication to correct the misrepresentation of John Hawkesweorth' Voyages (1773). Supplemented by letters and other documents from English and Dutch archives, these manuscripts throw light on various controversial topics, such as the conduct of Wallis and the Admiralty, the Patagonian giants, Carteret's quarrel with the Dutch, and the rights and wrongs in the dispute following the publication of the "Voyages". Maps draw on the voyage are reproduced.
Dust jacket spines darkened, lightly soiled. A better than very good copy in like jacket.
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