LIVES, EXPLOITS AND CRUELTIES OF THE MOST CELEBRATED PIRATES AND SEA ROBBERS. Brought Down to the Present Period

LIVES, EXPLOITS AND CRUELTIES OF THE MOST CELEBRATED PIRATES AND SEA ROBBERS. Brought Down to the Present Period

(Liverpool: Thomas Johnson, 1840).

FIRST EDITION AND VERY RARE, AND THE EARLIEST IMPRINT WE CAN FIND IN ANY REFERENCE. While there several others in the 1840s and 1850s all of them are quite rare, with two or three copies at most for any of them as listed in OCLC. The American Philosophical Society appears to be the only institution to have this Liverpool imprint.
The work contains short biographies of 28 specific pirates, among them are such famous names as Blackbeard, Captain Kidd and Jean Lafitte. In an interesting example of perspective, this British work describes the notorious pirate John Paul Jones, whom in the United States is considered "Father of the American Navy" and one of the great heroes of the Revolution. Additionally there is a history of the Joassamee Pirates of the Persian Gulf and a history of the Algerian Pirates. The text is attributed by the National Maritime Museum to T. Douglas. Item #29681

VERY RARE, presumed first edition, this Liverpool imprint predates the London and all others on Worldcat. All of the imprints are very rare. For this imprint, only one copy is listed in institutional holdings. With engraved frontispiece of the death of Blackbeard and decorated titlepage with vignette of "Pirates Ashore". 12mo, in the publisher's original cloth, the boards attractively embossed in blind, the spine gilt lettered within a gilt vignette of a pirate planting a flag, yellow endpapers. 448pp. A handsome copy of this very rare book, the original cloth well preserved and in original state being only very mildly mellowed. Internally very clean and fresh, a few page edges just a bit rubbe, front hinge a bit tender.

Price: $5,500.00