LIFE, REMARKABLE ADVENTURES AND PYRACIES OF CAPTAIN SINGLETON: Containing an Account of His Being Set on Shore in the Island of Madagascar, His Settlement There, with a Description of the Place and Inhabitants; of His Passage from Thence, in a Paraguay, to the Main Land of Africa, with an Account of the Customs and Manners of the People: His Great Deliverances from the Barbarous Natives and Wild Beasts: of His Meeting with an Englishman, a Citizen of London, Among the Indians, the Great Riches He Acquired, and His Voyage Home to England. Also the Captain's Return to Sea, with an Account of His Many Adventures and Pyracies with the Famous Captain Avery and Others

(London: Printed for F. Noble, et al., 1768).

VERY SCARCE, ALL EARLY EDITIONS OF DEFOE'S ANONYMOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK ARE SCARCE. CAPTAIN SINGLETON is a fine work of adventure in the tradition of Esquemeling and presents a hero quite different from the title character in ROBINSON CRUSOE. Singleton is believed to have been partly inspired by the exploits of the English pirate Henry Every.
There are both adventures on land and at sea in this one volume. The first half of the novel includes a remarkable overland trek across Africa after Singleton is stranded in Madagascar, and the second half is almost entirely at sea, involving piratical heists in the East Indies. Eventually, 'Captain Bob' returns to England with his spoils, disguised as an Armenian.
Singleton's adventurous life begins with his abduction and sale as a young boy into slavery. Some believe this was meant to be a commentary on the institution of slavery itself. Defoe speaks of the 'Plantation' within the novel, calling it 'a site of unfree, hard labor', suggesting comparisons to slavery in the North American colonies and the Caribbean. Item #29693

The third edition of this work by Daniel Defoe. 8vo, bound in contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, the spine with compartments separated by gilt ruled bands and a single black morocco label gilt lettered and tooled. 299, [1] pp. A handsome and very well preserved copy, quite rare in a contemporary binding. The text is solid and quite fresh with only some minor evidence of age, the binding is in very pleasing condition with light and honest age mellowing.

Price: $2,250.00