Sale 624 Lot 37
* CAMPBELL, Alexander (1764-1824). The Sequel to Bulkeley and Cummins's Voyage to the South Seas: or, The Adventures of Capt. Cheap, the Hon. Mr. Byron, Lieut. Hamilton, Alexander Campbell and others, late of His Majesty's Ship the Wager, which was wreck'd on a desolate Island. London: for the Author, sold by W. Owen, 1747.
8vo (192 x 111 mm). Engraved head- and tail-pieces. Modern quarter morocco gilt.
FIRST EDITION. An important account of a survivor of the ship Wager, wrecked off the Patagonian coast and vividly described by Campbell. "This work was recalled soon after it was published and suppressed, so that few copies are to be found" (Hill). His account "is a counterblast to the account published by Bulkeley and Cummins in 1743 (see lot 27). Fourteen of the crew, including Campbell and Byron, elected to stay with Captain Cheap. They made their way north along the coast of Chile, fell into the hands of Indians, and were turned over to the Spanish authorities. They finally reached England in 1746" (Hill 243). VERY SCARCE. Sabin 10205.