Bulkeley, John, and John Cummins
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- A Voyage to the South-seas, in the Years 1740-1. Containing, a faithful narrative of the loss of... the Wager on a desolate island. London: Jacob Robinson, 1743
FIRST EDITION, 8vo (192 x 115mm.), contemporary sheep gilt, red morocco label, first and last leaf browned at edge, binding rather worn
Borba de Moraes p.133; Hill (2004) 210; Sabin 9108
"This book is one of the principal accounts of the Wager, which was wrecked off the southern coast of Chile after rounding Cape Horn. Under the command of Captain Cheap, the Wager was one of Anson's fleet, which was on its way to harass the Spanish. After the wreck, gunner John Bulkeley and carpenter John Cummins conducted the mutinous part of the crew until they arrived safely in Rio de Janeiro. Much of the adventure and interest of the account is in the description of their travails passing through the Strait of Magellan in a longboat” (Hill).
A pirated Dublin edition was also published in 1743.