LAST WORDS AND DYING CONFESSION OF THE THREE PIRATES, Who Were Executed This Day, (May 9th, 1800)

(Philadelphia [Scarsdale]: From Folwell's Press [Morgan & Morgan], [1800], [nd]).

FIRST OF THE EDITION, THE SCARCE REPRODUCTION OF A NOTORIOUSLY RARE PIRACY BOOK, THE EXECUTION AND CONFESSIONS OF Joseph Baker (alias Boulanger), Peter La Croix, and Joseph Berrouse, for piracy. The three were convicted of murder and piracy committed on the high seas while on board the schooner Eliza underCaptain Wm. Wheland, during a voyage from Philadelphia bound for St. Thomas. The three Canadian pirates siezed the ship, but it was recaptured by Captain Wheland, the only person who survived the barbarity.
The three signed aboard in Philadelphia, but soon after leaving port they seized control of the ship, attacking the first mate during night watch and throwing him overboard. As none of the pirates were able to navigate the ship, they kept Wheland alive so he could sail them to the "Spanish Main" where they would rendezvous with other pirates. But Wheland managed to surprise his captors, locking LaCroix and Berrouse in the ship's hold when they were counting their ill-gotten-gains. Then, sneaking up on Baker while he was at the wheel, Wheland chased him up the mainmast and forced him to lash himself to the mast. Item #29690

First facsimile edition, nearly as rare as the first edition printed from the original at the Foul Anchor Archives, Vale Place, Rye, N.Y. PRESENTATION COPY. The 8 page original pamphlet and its woodcut decorated wrapper finely reproduced in exact detail. 8vo, the pamphlet with wrapper bound in black cloth lettered in gilt on the upper cover. 8 pp. A pristine copy, the front hinge stressed due to the way the pamphlet is attached to the binding but otherwise appearing as mint.

Price: $550.00