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Roberts | George [Defoe | Daniel]

The Four Years Voyages of Capt. George Roberts; Being a Series of Uncommon Events. – Which befell him In A Voyage to the Islands of the Canaries, Cape De. Verde, and Barbadoes, from whence he was bound to the Coast of Guiney

First Edition



First edition of The Four Years Voyages of Captain George Roberts, attributed to Daniel DeFoe.

Octavo, [vi], 458pp, [1]. Full brown leather, raised bands with title in gilt. Some rubbing to corners, spine rebuilt with period leather. Complete with a fold-out map of Cape Verde Island and 4 engraved plates. Edges dyed red. Previous ownership label on front endpaper. Text clean, occasional spotting. (Sabin, 71888) (Moore, 483) An exceptional copy of this scarce work.

Comments: This work, written by Captain George Roberts, is often attributed to Daniel Defoe. In the “British Museum Catalogue,” this work is attributed to Defoe. But multiple studies have questioned this opinion, notably the “Dictionary of National Biography,” which notes that Defoe never mentions George Roberts in any of his works. National Biography also argues that “no reason can be alleged for doubting the existence of Roberts or the substantial truth of the narrative.”

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Location Published



A. Bettesworth, at the Red Lyon, in Pater-Nofter-Row, and J. Osborn, at the Ship, at St. Saviour's Dock-Head


First Edition

Date Published



Full leather


Near fine


Roberts | George [Defoe | Daniel]