New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1928. The Seafarer's Library. Octavo; xlvii; 320pp. A Very Good copy in publisher's dustjacket (faint discoloration to ffep and dust jacket). Item #20266
Rogers is known as the captain of the vessel that rescued marooned Alexander Selkirk, who is generally believed to have inspired Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. In 1707, Rogers was approached by Captain William Dampier, who sought support for a privateering voyage against the Spanish, with whom the British were at war. Rogers led the expedition; in three years, Rogers and his men went around the world, capturing several ships in the Pacific Ocean. En route, the expedition rescued Selkirk. When the expedition returned to England in October 1711, Rogers had circumnavigated the globe, while retaining his original ships and most of his men, and the investors in the expedition doubled their money. The expedition made Rogers a national hero... he wrote of his maritime experiences in this book, which sold well, in part due to public fascination at Selkirk's rescue. Rogers was twice appointed Governor of the Bahamas; he died in Nassau at the age of about 53. (wiki).