COMMODORE ANSON'S VOYAGE INTO THE SOUTH SEAS AND AROUND THE WORLD.

Somerville, Vice-Admiral Boyle.


£60.00




Heinemann, 1st.ed., 1934. Xvii + 317 pp., frontis + 9 other plates & 8 maps, plans & charts. Black cloth ; gilt. 22 x 15cm. Small mark to front cover o/w V.G.+. An account of Lord Anson's remarkable voyage of circumnavigation aboard his flagship CENTURION between 1740 and 1744. George Anson (1697-1762), led a squadron of six ships from England with orders to annoy the enemy. Out of these six ships only the flagship returned home to England four years later with less than 200 survivors. Nevertheless Anson's cruise had been a resounding success in terms of scientific and navigational discovery. Anson rounded the Horn and sailed across the Pacific and right around the world. He attacked the enemy with considerable success wherever he found them, and brought home '500,000 of Spanish treasure earning the admiral and those under him the largest pay-out in prize money in naval history. Anson himself bought a huge estate outside Stafford. This is an excellent pre-war account of the circumnavigational cruise.


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