• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 278

    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.

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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.

    3 parts in one, 4o (234 x 179 mm). 8 engraved plates (2 folding, 4 portraits) and one engraved folding map of Panama, one allegorical half-page text engraving, 2 small text woodcuts in Part 3. Contemporary calf (rebacked). Provenance: Edmund Prideaux (owner's name in ink dated "1749" on front free endpaper).

    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. 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. This work is sometimes accompanied by Basil Ringrose's original account of the Pacific voyage of Bartholomew Sharpe, published in 1685 under the title Bucaniers of America: The Second Volume, London, 1685, but "it is more usual to find vol. I of the First Edition alone" (Church 689). Hill, pp. 99-100; JCB 1675-1700, pp. 131-2; Sabin 23479; Wing E-3894. A WIDE-MARGINED COPY.


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