A New Voyage Round the World, by a Course never failed before.
Being a Voyage undertaken by some Merchants, who afterwards proposed the Setting up an East-India Company in Flanders. Illustrated with Copper Plates.London, printed for A. Bettesworth; and W. Mears, 1725 [i.e. 1724] Stock Code: 141929
NotesFirst edition of Defoe's fabricated travel narrative, in which an "unnamed English captain-entrepreneur... leads three ships in a trading (and occasional privateering) circumnavigation that also includes encounters with native peoples, sometimes violent but more peaceable and profitable" (Richetti p. 222). Howgego remarks that the book was "written to be believed, and to deal seriously with matters in which Defoe had a particular interest, notably his proposal for British colonisation of parts of South America. Defoe used a wide variety of sources, Dampier, Frézier, Narborough and others, to which he added his personal assumptions, the debatable truth of which were secondary to his desire to arouse passions for British mercantile exploitation of the regions he describes". Defoe presents many of his ideas for increasing trade and colonial expansion, notably the establishment of an English colony in Patagonia connected with trading ports in Chile by routes across the Andes.
Octavo (193 x 116 mm). Contemporary panelled calf, twin blue morocco labels to spine, gilt in compartments, blind floral cornerpieces, red speckled edges.
With frontispiece and 3 other copper engraved plates.
With the contemporary bookplate to the front pastedown of the Earl of Ilchester, above the 20th-century booklabel of David and Lulu Borowitz. Joints split but firm, a little rubbed, ink stain to p. 140 else contents clean and crisp; a very nice copy.
ESTC T70641; Furbank & Owens 221; Goldsmiths', 6348; Moore 469; Sabin 19291. Howgego, Invented and Apochryphal Narratives, D11; Richetti, John, Daniel Defore: A Critical Biography (2015).
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