The Four Years Voyages of Capt. George Roberts Being a Series of Uncommon Events. Daniel Defoe, George Roberts.
The Four Years Voyages of Capt. George Roberts Being a Series of Uncommon Events...

The Four Years Voyages of Capt. George Roberts Being a Series of Uncommon Events...

London: Printed for A. Bettesworth, at the Red Lyon, in Pater-Noster-Row, and J. Osborn, at the Ship, at St. Saviour's Dock-Head, near Horsely-Down, 1726. Map, 4 Plates. First Edition. Full Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Very Good. Item #00527563

[6] + 458pp. Complete with folding frontis map and 4 engraved plates. Bound in full brown period calf, brown leather spine label (front cover detatched, boards rubbed, spine tips and label nicked; text is generally quite clean but has some browning, foxing, and occasional spots). Very scarce first edition of a pseudonymous work often ascribed to Daniel Defoe - believed at the time to be an actual account, but now known to be fictional. The full title is: "The four years voyages of Capt. George Roberts: being a series of Uncommon events, Which befell him In a Voyage to the Islands of the Canaries, Cape de Verde, and Barbadoes, from whence he was bound to the Coast of Guiney. The Manner of his being taken by Three Pyrate Ships, commanded by Low, Russell, and Spriggs, who, after having plundered him, and detained him 10 Days, put him aboard his own Sloop, without Provisions, Water, &c. and with only two Boys, one of Eighteen, and the other of Eight Years of Age. The Hardships he endur'd for above 20 Days, 'till he arriv'd at the Island of St. Nicholas, from whence he was blown off to Sea (before he could get any Sustenance) without his Boat and biggest Boy, whom he had sent ashore ; and after Four Days of Difficulty and Distress, was Ship-Wreck'd on the Unfrequented Island of St. John, where, after he had remained near two Years, he built a Vessel to bring himself off. With a particular and curious Description and Draught of the Cape de Verd Islands ; their Roads, Anchoring Places, Nature and Production of the Soils ; The Kindness and Hospitality of the Natives to Strangers, their Religion, Manners, Customs, and Superstitions, &c. Together with Observations on the Minerals, Mineral Waters, Metals, and Salts, and of the ... with which some of these Islands abound. Written by Himself, And interspers'd with many Pleasant and Profitable Remarks, very instructive for all those who use this Trade, or who may have the Misfortune to meet with any of the like Distresses either by Pyracy or Shipwreck. Adorn'd with several Copper Plates."

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