Jun 21, 2016 - Sale 2420

Sale 2420 - Lot 247

Price Realized: $ 7,540
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
(PIRATES.) Exquemelin, Alexandre Olivier. Bucaniers of America; or, A True Account of the Most Remarkable Assaults Committed of Late Years upon the Coasts of the West Indies * Ringrose, Basil. Bucaniers of America, the Second Volume, Containing the Dangerous Voyage and Bold Attempts of Captain Bartholomew Sharp. 3 folding maps, 8 plates, numerous text illustrations (some hand-colored in outline). [12], 115, 151, [1], 124, [12]; [16], 212, [24] pages. 4 parts in 2 volumes. 4to, 19th century uniform morocco gilt by Pratt, minor wear; heavily washed, minor dampstaining on bottom edge, a few minor repairs, printing flaw on page II:14, final 12 leaves supplied from another copy; edges gilt, 2 manuscript leaves bound into Volume I. London: William Crooke, 1684-85

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first english edition, and first edition of the scarce separately-issued Volume II. A tremendously influential source of pirate facts and legends. The great pirate Sir Henry Morgan, then retired from the privateering life in Jamaica, filed a libel suit against the publishers and won £200. Bound into the first volume are three pages of manuscript "Observations" signed by English biographer Mark Noble (1754–1827). Church 689; European Americana 684/54 and 685/146; Hill 578 (first volume only); Palau 85733-4; Sabin 23479. Provenance: sold by order of Francis P. Garvan, Alien Property Custodian, at an Anderson Galleries sale, 13 May 1919, lot 318; Sotheby's William E. Hanzel sale, 14 February 1986, lot 33.