Two volumes in one. The first edition in English of each volume, with Volume II being the first appearance in any language. With 25 engraved portraits, views, and maps, four of them folding, as well as maps and coastal profiles in the text of volume two. 4to, full crimson crushed morocco, very handsomely designed with elaborate gilt panel designs and central gilt devices in the compartments of the spine, lettered in gilt in two compartments, the covers with a triple filet borders enclosing a triple gilt fillet frame with floral tools at the corners, elaborate gilt dentelle turn-ins, all edges gilt, by Lloyd.  Title and To the reader, 115, 151, 124,  Table,  To the reader, 212,  Table,  ads. A very fine, very pleasing and especially well preserved copy. RARE FIRST EDITION OF BOTH VOLUMES AND THE CLASSIC ACCOUNT OF THE BUCCANEERS. A COPY IN UNUSUALLY FINE CONDITION. "Perhaps no book in any language was ever the parent of so many imitations, and the source of so many fictions as this" (Sabin). Here are the exploits of Henry Morgan, who sacked Panama and absconded without dividing the booty--a transgression of the pirate's honor that Esquemeling could not applaud; here also the vicious Francis L'Ollonois, who tore out the hearts from his still-living victims and ate them; here are countless tortures and robberies, raids and rampages, as related by a reliable witness. For Esquemeling was himself a pirate: he had been sold into slavery in the West Indian plantations, beaten, tortured, and nearly starved to death, and "so I determined, not knowing how to get any living, to enter into the order of the pirates or robbers of the sea." His career lasted from 1666 until he saw the error of his ways and withdrew from the profession in 1672. "Esquemeling's book gives a very reliable account of the principal exploits of the buccaneers down to their final disappearance, with the notable exception of their adventures in the South Sea, of which he makes no mention. This defect is, however, amply supplied by the journal of Mr. Basil Ringrose [which comprises the second volume here]. Ringrose in the capacity of pilot personally took part in Sharp's voyage and was killed in a plundering raid; his account is extremely curious and accurate" (from the Introduction to the 1898 reprint). The BUCANIERS OF AMERICA is the foundation of any pirate collection, an important part of any collection of voyages, and a seminal piece of Americana. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: BUCANIERS OF AMERICA: Or, a true Account of ...
Publisher: London Printed for William Crooke, at the Green Dragon with-out Temple-bar 1684, 1685
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