Print 'Alexander Selkirk on Juan Fernandes' 1768 (Robinson Crusoe)

Print titled 'Alexander Selkirk on the Island of Juan Fernandes'. At top says 'Engraved for Drakes Voyages', and top right has 'P. 88.'.

Extracted from "A new universal collection of authentic and entertaining voyages and travels, from the earliest accounts to the present time" by Edward Cavendish Drake.

Shows Selkirk dancing with his goats!

Selkirk was the likely source for Daniel Defoe's fictional character Robinson Crusoe.

Copper engraving.

Mounted (glued) to thin foam-core board.

29 X 21.5 cm

Light stains, some age browning around border. Slight tear right border.


Alexander Selkirk (1676 – 13 December 1721), also known as Alexander Selcraig, was a Scottish sailor who spent more than four years as a castaway after being marooned on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean, also known as the South Sea.

Selkirk was an unruly youth, and joined buccaneering expeditions to the South Sea. One such expedition was aboard the Cinque Ports, commanded by William Dampier. The ship called in for provisions at the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile, and Selkirk judged correctly that his craft was unseaworthy and asked to be left there.

By the time that he was rescued, he had become adept at hunting and making use of the resources that he found on the island. His story of survival was widely publicised when he returned home and became a likely source of inspiration for writer Daniel Defoe's fictional character Robinson Crusoe.