LIVES AND EXPLOITS OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS PIRATES AND THEIR CREWS

(London: Richardson and Son, [circa 1847]).

A RARE IMPRINT, FIRST OF THE PRINTING, WORLDCAT LISTS ONLY 4 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 34 in this edition, among them are such famous names as Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Jean Lafitte and John Paul Jones. Item #29682

A very rare early imprint, first of the printing. With engraved frontispiece of a pirate attack and decorated title-page with vignette of "Paul Jones Shooting his Lieutenant". These plates signed Thomas Richardson and Son, Derby. 12mo, in the publisher's original cloth, the boards embossed in blind, the spine gilt lettered. 324 pp. A nice copy of this rare book, the original cloth a bit mottled as would be expected, internally, generally crisp and clean with some mellowing and age evidence but very well preserved nonetheless, the hinges a bit tender.

Price: $2,250.00