London: John and Paul Knapton, 1748. 1st. Leather bound. First edition, first issue with pg 319 shown as 219. This may also be a subscriber's copy (or family of) as it has the armorial bookplate of Lancelot Holland and a Mr. Richard Holland appears in the List of Subscribers. 4to.[xxxiv], 417,  pp. Complete with 42 copper engraved maps, plans charts and views; List of the Subscribers; Directions to the bookbinder for placing the copperplates. Contemporary leather; 5 raised bands to spine with gilt decoration; gilt lettering on red morocco title label; all edges gilt. Professionally restored. Some scuffing to covers; corners starting; hinges reinforced; else very good. Offsetting from text on several plates; minor pencil notations inside front cover; short closed tears on 3 foldouts; some foxing to endpapers; else internally clean. A very good copy. Item #17570
The official account of Anson's voyage to disrupt Spanish shipping in the Pacific. "This compilation has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel. Anson's voyage appears to have been the most popular book of maritime adventure of the eighteenth century" (Hill). Most of the 42 detailed charts and engravings were based on drawings by Piercy Brett. (Hill, Pacific Voyages 1817; Sabin 1626).