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[Defoe, Daniel?]. Johnson, Captain Charles. A General History of the Pyrates, from their first rise and settlement in the Island of Providence, to the present Time. With the remarkable Actions and Adventures of the two Female Pyrates Mary Read and Anne Bonny; [also the histories of Captains] Avery, Martel, Teach [akn. Blackbeard], Bonnet, England, Vane, Rackam, Davis, Roberts, Anstis, Worley, Lowther, Low, Evans, Phillips, Spriggs, Smith... [Vol. 2] Mission, Bowen, Kidd, Tew, Halsey, White, Condent, Bellamy, Fly, Howard, Lewis, Cornelius, Williams, Burgess, North and their several crews. Intermixed with a description of Magadoxa in Ethiopia... taken from Captain Beavis' Journal...

London: T. Woodward, 1726. Two volumes, octavo. Three engraved plates, one folding. Contemporary Cambridge style calf, very skillfully rebacked with green morocco labels lettered in gilt. Without either of the rarely found maps.


Fourth edition of the first volume, first edition of the second. This seminal work in the literature of piracy gave for the first time (in the first edition) an account of the quintessential bucaneer Captain Teach alia Blackbeard; the model, at least visually, of most fictional pirates since. In the second edition the portrait of Blackbeard was reworked replacing the beaver busby with the more familiar tricorn. The women pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny also made their first appearence in print in this work, excepting the account of their trial published in Jamaica and known in one copy only. The second volume, probably published in conjunction with the fourth edition of volume one, contains an important section on the Kenyan and Somali coast, taken from the journal of Captain Beavis, who after losing his way was forced onto the coast of "Zanguebar" which is described along with some other excitiing adventures. The account of the sensible pirate, Misson, set in Madagascar is an utopian fiction which lead to the highly questionable attribution to Daniel Defoe. All Eighteenth cenury editions of this work are uncommon in commerce. NMM (Piracy), 272; Sabin, 36190; Gosse, 7.