Alexander Selkirk Makes his Cats and Kids dance before Captn. Cook and His Company.
Engraving, sheet 100 x 160mm. 4 x 6¼". Trimmed within plate.
Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' was based on the story of Alexander Selkirk (1676 – 1721), who went to sea in 1704 with William Dampier and was marooned for four years on Juan Fernandez Island in the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile. He survived until he was rescued in 1709 by Captain Woodes Rogers. This image illustrates Captain Edward Cooke's account of the ship that rescued Selkirk. Plate to Vol. II of 'An historical account of all the voyages round the world performed by English navigators... ' Page numbered upper right.
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