N. Israel, Amsterdam (English text) 1st ed., 1970. Viii + 236 pp., + 1 page of Addendum (p.215). Port. frontis., profusely illustrated with plates, facsimiles, 13 maps, etc. (5 double-page fold-outs). Blue buckram ; gilt lettering to spine ; red & gilt armorial device (Order of the Garter) to front board ; complete with original mylar dust-jacket. 36 x 26cm. Small tear head of mylar dust-jacket o/w Nr.FINE. This beautifully produced folio-size book provides a pictorial biography of Sir Francis Drake. The author begins by describing the actors on Drake’s stage before going on to describe : The Unfortunate Voyage : San Juan de Ulúa 1567-1569. Drake’s First Success : Panama 1572-1573. The Famous Voyage : The Circumnavigation of the World 1577-1580. The Spanish Defences of the Strait of Magellan, the Pacific Coast and the Caribbean after the Drake Circumnavigation. The Caribbean Raid. The Cadiz Raid. The "Invincible" Armada, 1588. The Beginning of the End : The Drake-Norris Expedition. And The Last Voyage. Then follows an important 40-page Catalogue of the author’s collection which includes manuscripts, printed books, maps, views, medals and portraits. This in turn is followed by a useful 12-page Bibliography. A Near-FINE copy.