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* BULKELEY, John (fl. 1740) and John CUMMINS (fl. 1740). A Voyage to the South-Seas, in the Years 1740-1. Containing a faithful Narrative of the Loss of His Majesty's Ship the Wager on a desolate Island…With the Proceedings and Conduct of the Officers and Crew…The Whole compiled by Persons concerned in the Facts related viz. John Bulkeley and John Cummins, Late Gunner and Carpenter of the Wager. London: for Jacob Robinson, 1743.
8vo (191 x 114 mm). Modern calf antique gilt. Provenance: Edward Arblaster (signature).
FIRST EDITION, without the authors' names included in the title (another edition of 1743 was issued with the title including their names). The authors were respectively gunner and carpenter of the Wager, a ship of George Anson's fleet which rounded Cape Horn and ran aground on 14 May 1741 in the Guayaneco Archipelago on the southern coast of Chile. After the loss of the Wager, Bulkeley and Cummins organized the mutiny against Captain Cheap. This narrative describes how the mutineers made their way back through the hazardous navigation of the Straits of Magellan in a surviving longboat, named Speedwell, to eventually reach Rio de Janeiro. Sabin and Hill refer to two 1743 editions of Bulkeley's narrative though ESTC lists only the one above. Borba de Moraes I, 133; ESTC T142350; Hill 210; Howgego B-186; Sabin 9108.