Cooke's full account of Alexander Selkirk

Author: Cooke, Edward
Year: 1712
Publisher: London, B. Lintot
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In vol. 1 of his book Cooke briefly writes about Alexander Selkirk, which is the first time in history that his name is mentioned. Here is the full account of Alexander Selkirk as written by Edward Cooke in the preliminary pages of Vol. 2. It (still?) is taken for granted that Daniel Defoe used this account to write his famous Robinson Crusoe, which was first published in 1719. Cooke states that Selkirk's real name actually is Selcrag (see picture #1), but many (internet)sources mention it to be Salcraig.

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