Sr. Francis Drake.
[London: J. Harrison] Publish'd as the Act directs Augt. 9, 1786.
Copper engraving, 285 x 190mm. 11¼ x 7½". Large chip to right margin.
Oval portrait of Sir Francis Drake (1540 - 1596), Admiral and circumnavigator. The most famous of all English seafarers, Drake earned his fame and fortune through his skilful seamanship and outstandingly successful piracy. His circumnavigation of the globe from 1577-81 involved a number of very profitable raids on Spanish ships and ports. Drake's increasingly frequent and serious attacks during the 1580s were an important factor contributing to Philips II's decision to launch the Armada against England in 1588. Drake served as vice-admiral of the English fleet which defeated the Armada. For the English translation of Rapin de Thoyras's 'History of England', John Harrison 1784-89.
See BL HS.74/934.
[Ref: 21679] £130.00