LIVES AND EXPLOITS OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS PIRATES AND THEIR CREWS

(London: Thomas Allman, [circa 1847]).

A RARE IMPRINT, FIRST OF THE PRINTING, WORLDCAT LISTS ONLY 3 COPIES. The text is derived largely from LIVES, EXPLOITS AND CRUELTIES, attributed by the National Maritime Museum to T. Douglas, but with the addition of several more lives not included in that earlier work. There are 35 in this edition, some of which include multiple people. Among the biographies are such famous, or infamous, names as Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Henry Morgan and John Paul Jones. Item #29734

A very rare imprint, OCLC lists only three copies in institutional holdings. With an engraved frontispiece of two ships engaged in combat at sea. 16mo, in the publisher's original brown cloth, the covers with a panel frame in blind, the spine ruled and lettered in gilt. 324 pp. A very well preserved copy of this rare imprint, the original cloth still quite fresh and sturdy, though the gilt on the spine is faded and there is some expected general wear and mellowing, the text is very clean, the blank rear free-fly neatly excised.

Price: $650.00