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A New Voyage and Description of the Isthmus of America by Lionel Wafer Surgeon on Buccaneering Expeditions in Darien, the West Indies, and the Pacific, from 1680 to 1688. With Wafer's Secret Report (1698), and Davis's Expedition to the Gold Mines (1704) [Second Series, No. LXXIII]

Wafer, Lionel (Text by); L. E. Elliott Joyce

Published by Kraus Reprint Limited, Nendeln (Liechtenstein), 1967
Condition: g+ to vg Hardcover
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Quarto. LXXI, [1], 221, [1]pp. Original blue cloth, with gold lettering and blind ruling on spine. Frontispiece. Lionel Wafer (1640-1705) was a Welsh explorer, buccaneer and privateer. A ship's surgeon, Wafer made several voyages to the South Seas and visited Maritime Southeast Asia in 1676. The following year he settled in Jamaica to practise his profession. In 1679 two noted buccaneers named Capt John Cook and Linen convinced him to become a surgeon for their fleet. In 1680, Wafer met William Dampier at Cartagena and joined in a privateering venture under the leadership of Capt Bartholomew Sharp. After a quarrel during the overland journey, Wafer was marooned with four others in the Isthmus of Darien in Panama, where he stayed with the Cuna Indians. He gathered information about their culture, including their shamanism and a short vocabulary of their language. He studied the natural history of the isthmus. The following year, Wafer left the Indians promising to return and marry the chief's sister and bring back dogs from England. He fooled the buccaneers at first as he was dressed as an indian, wearing body-paint and ornamented with a nose-ring. It took them some time to recognise him.[citation needed] Wafer reunited with Dampier, and after privateering with him on the Spanish Main until 1688, he settled in Philadelphia. By 1690 Wafer was back in England and in 1695 he published "A New Voyage and Description of the Isthmus of America," which described his adventures. It was translated into French (1706), German (1759), and Swedish (1789). The text of this volume is the one of the 1699 edition, with slight changes, and additional material, edited with introduction, notes and appendices. This volume is complete with all its plates and folded maps. Slight age-toning to spine. Binding in overall good+ to very good, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 39270

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Title: A New Voyage and Description of the Isthmus ...

Publisher: Kraus Reprint Limited, Nendeln (Liechtenstein)

Publication Date: 1967

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g+ to vg

Edition: Reprint

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