A Voyage Round the World, in His Majestys Ship the Dolphin Commanded by the Honorable Commodore Lord Byron. (and) The Narrative of the Honorable John Byron.
(Clerke, Charles) and John Byron.
J. Newbery (and) S. Baker and G. Leigh, ( 1767 (and) 1768), London
Two volumes bound together. (4), 186; viii, 257 pp. b/w plates.
The first volume of these two is an account of the famed voyage of discovery to the South Seas by John Byron, grandfather of Lord Byron, and inspiration for parts of the poets Don Juan. The authorship of this work is uncertain, but Hill and others ascribe it to Clerke, who was a midshipman under Byron on the “Dolphin.” The true object of the voyage was not revealed until after the ships had left Rio de Janeiro. The Dolphin was specially fitted for the voyage and was the first vessel in the English Navy to be sheathed with copper. They made a relatively fast circumnavigation of twenty-two months, in part because they made few landfalls. Although the voyage was not noted for its discoveries, it stirred the Admiralty to fresh investigations of the South Seas. Clerkes account is noted mainly for its description of the Patagonian giants. It was also important for its description of the Straits of Magellan. Clerke would go on to serve under Cook in all three of his voyages. This is the second edition. See Hill 311, Sabin 9732. Borba de Moraes, pp. 138-139. Presumably for comparative purposes, it is bound together with the second edition of Byrons own narrative of his tour as midshipman aboard Ansons famed voyage of the “Wager,” which also treats of Patagonian adventures. This second title lacks the frontispiece but is otherwise complete and in good condition.See Hill, 233.Both texts are bound together in contemporary full calf with gilt backstrip and original label laid down. Both titles