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FUNNELL, William.

A Voyage Round the World.

Containing an Account of Captain Dampier's Expedition Into the South-Seas in the Ship St George, In the Years 1703 and 1704. With his various Adventures, Engagements, &c. And a particular and exact Description of several Islands in the Atlantick Ocean, the Brazilian Coast, the Passage round Cape Horn, and the Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico. Together with the Author's Voyage from Amapalla On the West-Coast of Mexico, To East-India. His passing by Three Unknown Islands, and thro' a New-discover'd Streight near the Coast of New Guinea; His Arrival at Amboyna: With a large Description of that and other Spice Islands; as also of Batavia, the Cape of Good Hope, &c. With divers Maps, Draughts, Figures of Plants and Animals.

Published: London: By W. Botham, for James Knapton, 1707

Stock code: 80302

Price: £4,250

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First edition of a controversial account by the Mate serving on board the St George during William Dampier’s privately-funded circumnavigation of 1703–4. “It was Funnell not Dampier, who really circumnavigated the globe on this voyage, as Dampier proceeded only as far as the South Seas. The purpose of the expedition was to harass the Spaniards and take plunder from vessels and towns in South America. Its failure was due to differences that arose between the two men. Funnell arrived in England before Dampier and seized the opportunity to compose a relation of his voyage, a task for which he was poorly qualified. His narrative contained much that was objectionable to Dampier, who immediately afterwards published a ‘Vindication’ of his voyage, pointing out Funnell’s misrepresentations” (Hill). Funnell’s fellow crew-member, Midshipman John Welbe, countered with An ‘Answer’, accusing Dampier of barbarous treatment of his crew. As Beaglehole wrote of Dampier: “No man was better fitted to navigate a ship [but] he was certainly not a great captain. The voyage was a fruitless one; they took a few small prizes and split into malcontent parties who made off to the East Indies in captured ships”. Of 183 men that embarked on the expedition, 18 returned. Funnell wrote that “disagreements and mismanagement [caused] us to fail our chief designs”. Away from controversy, Funnell’s narrative gives excellent descriptions of the west coast of the Americas, the Dutch East Indies and detailed natural history plates much like those in Dampier’s published voyages; in fact, as Dampier published no proper account of the voyage, “in spite of Dampier’s protests” Knapton used Funnell’s account as volume IV in his editions of Dampier’s voyages 1697–1707 and 1729. An uncommon and important account.

Octavo (190 × 118 mm). Contemporary panelled calf, rebacked, red morocco label, raised bands with broken line roll, gilt devices to the compartments. Folding bihemispheric world map as frontispiece and 4 other folding maps, and 10 engraved plates. A little rubbed, corners bumped, new endpapers, overall browned and with some marginal finger-soiling, professional repair to small slip missing from the fore-edge of a plate, similar repair to paper flaw in one leaf, modern collector’s bookplate to both pastedowns, but a very good copy.

Bibliography: Borba de Moraes I, 333–4; Hill 664; Sabin 26213

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