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A New Voyage Round the World


The first great English-language travel book, ‘A New Voyage Round the World’ (1697) is an incomparably vivid, chaotic and fascinating account by the pirate, explorer and naturalist William Dampier of his many adventures. The world he describes sprawls all the way from the Caribbean west across the Pacific to the Philippines and Southeast Asia – a vast expanse tied together by the Spanish Empire. Dampier and his men live lives of rascally precariousness, in the shadow of great Spanish galleons and fortresses, always on the verge of disaster. His book is filled with raids, escapes, wrecks and storms, but Dampier is also a great observer of animals, exotic foods, boats, customs: the book is a cornucopia of descriptions of everything from giant centipedes to bananas.

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‘A roaring tale … remains as vivid and exciting today as it was on publication in 1697’ Guardian

The pirate and adventurer William Dampier circumnavigated the globe three times, and took notes wherever he went. This is his frank, vivid account of his buccaneering sea voyages around the world, from the Caribbean to the Pacific and East Indies. Filled with accounts of raids, escapes, wrecks and storms, it also contains precise observations of people, places, animals and food (including the first English accounts of guacamole, mango chutney and chopsticks). A bestseller on publication, this unique record of the colonial age influenced Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels and consequently the whole of English literature.

Edited with an Introduction by Nicholas Thomas

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Weight 0.371 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.8 cm










New edition


910.45 (edition:23)


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