Portland: Sanborn & Carter, 1837.
Second edition. Numerous woodcut illustrations throughout. 432 pp. 8vo. Publisher's cloth, title and skull and crossbones stamped in gilt on spine. Worming to cloth at front joint, some light staining to covers, sporadic foxing. Howes E126. Item #317001
First published Boston, 1837,Numerous reprintings. The "most popular American compilation on this subject" (Howes)
Second edition of this enormously popular book on piracy, the "most popular American compilation on this subject" (Howes). The first edition appeared the same year n Boston; the work went through eight editions (with Philadelphia, New York, and Portland imprints) before the Civil War. The book was read to death “and worn by the generations of readers, young and old, who have … been thrilled by its tales of looted shipping and bloody adventure. No other book preserves so extended an account of piracy, in ancient and modern times, in all parts of the world …. Of the first edition but one copy has been traced, -- now owned by Mr. Charles H. Taylor of Boston, -- and copies of all editions are rare and practically unobtainable” (from the Preface to the Marine Research Society reprint of 1924).
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