A Relation of a Voyage made in 1695, 1696, 1697

FROGER François (1698.)


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on the Coasts of Africa, Streights of Magellan, Brasil, Cayenna, and the Antilles, by a Squadron of French Men of War, under the Command of M. de Gennes.

First English edition. Frontispiece, 4 maps (1 folding), 11 plates (1 folding). 8vo. Nineteenth-century half calf, shelf worn, top of upper hinge just starting, corners rubbed through, a little spotting and browning within. Bookplate on endpaper of 'Bulkeley Bandinel, D.D. Bodleian Librarian, Oxford'. [x], 173, [2], 1ads.pp. London, Gillyflower et al,

One of the "Freebooters" Capt. Macerty persuaded the French Government to mount an expedition to establish a colony in the Straits of Magellan. De Gennes was given command and the young Froger, nineteen at the time, determined to seek his fortune on the venture. After the sacking of the British trading station at the mouth of the Gambia river, the expedition continued to South America where first Bahia then Rio were visited, described fully by Froger: a most capable hydrographer, draughtsman and narrator. The expedition got to the Straits but turned back due to lack of provisions.

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