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    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 5

    EXQUEMELIN, Alexandre Olivier (ca 1645-1707). Bucaniers of America: Or, a true Account of the Most remarkable Assaults Committed of late years upon the Coasts of the West Indies, By the Bucaniers of Jamaica and Tortuga, both English and French. London: for William Crooke, 1684. -- Bucaniers of America. The Second Volume. London: Crooke, 1685.

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    EXQUEMELIN, Alexandre Olivier (ca 1645-1707). Bucaniers of America: Or, a true Account of the Most remarkable Assaults Committed of late years upon the Coasts of the West Indies, By the Bucaniers of Jamaica and Tortuga, both English and French. London: for William Crooke, 1684. -- Bucaniers of America. The Second Volume. London: Crooke, 1685.

    2 volumes, 4o (232 x 178 mm). Three engraved maps (one a large folding "Description of the South Sea & Coasts of America" 350 x 258 mm.), 4 views, 4 portraits (of Rock Brasiliano, Batholomew Portugues, Sir Henry Morgan, Francis Lolonais), numerous woodcuts in text. (Some minor pale staining.) Near-contemporary speckled calf (joints repaired, some wear to extremities); blue cloth folding case. Provenance: Narcissus Luttrell (1657-1732), annalist and book collector (inscription on flyleaf in vol. 2: "Nar. Luttrell His Book 1685"); E. Hubert Litchfield (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of this classic account of the pirates, then at the apogee of their power and menace: "the classic of buccaneering books" (Hill), first issued in Dutch in 1678. This translation was based on a Spanish edition of 1681. The appended volume contains Basil Ringrose's original account of the Pacific voyage of Bartholomew Sharpe. Sir Henry Morgan, one of the swashbuckling subjects, honored with a portrait and a view of his destruction of the Spanish fleet, sued the publisher for libel and won a judgement. The fourth part (Ringrose) is often lacking. A fine copy from the library of noted book collector Narcissus Luttrell: "Luttrell's chief contributions were as annalist and collector. Since Macaulay drew attention to them, his chronicles (compiled from newsletters and newspapers) of contemporary events, A Brief Historical Relation of State Affairs from September 1678 to April 1714 (1857), have been frequently cited by students of the period. Even more valuable, as a firsthand account, is the parliamentary diary he kept assiduously during his second term of service in the Commons" (Oxford DNB). Church 689; Hill, pp. 99-100; JCB 1675-1700, pp. 131-2; Sabin 23479; Wing E-3894. A FINE, WIDE-MARGINED COPY. (2)


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