E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Alexander Selkirk was found in the desert island of Juan Fernandez, where he had been left by Captain Stradling. He remained on the island four years and four months, when he was rescued by Captain Rogers, and brought to England. The embryo of De Foes novel may be seen in Captain Burneys interesting narrative.