Byron of the Wager Peter Shankland CM&G New York 1975


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Byron of the Wager by Peter Shankland

Next to the mutiny on the Bounty, this stands as one of the most powerful true adventure stories in the history of the sea. Based in part on journals kept by Midshipman John Byron-future grandfather to the poet-the narrative follows the voyage of the Wager, a 40-gun English supply ship detailed to accompany a squadron searching for Spanish treasure ships in the Pacific. After a safe passage from England in 1740, the Wager was parted from her squadron in terrible weather rounding Cape Horn and was driven ashore on the Pacific coast of Tierra del Fuego. A great part of the ship's company was saved, but the worst struggles lay ahead. Even before the wreck there had been grave personal tensions among the ship's company. The Wager's captain, though a fine seaman of high courage, was neurotic and ill. Like the rest of the squadron, the Wager was carrying soldiers, not directly under naval discipline, plus a large amount of liquor. The situation was explosive.


  • First American Edition
  • Folio Society First Edition No.
  • Publisher Coward, McCann & Geoghegan Inc., New York; 1975
  • Red Cloth Hardback, 288 pp
  • With illustrated end papers, maps & 8 pages of b/w plates
  • Size 220 x 145mm, 750g
  • SBN: 698-10669-5

Condition: Very Good – Good Price Clipped Dust Jacket, No Inscriptions, Very Good Copy

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Weight 0.75 kg


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