AYRES, Philip, editor. The Voyages and Adventures of Capt. Barth, Sharp and others, in the South Sea: being a Journal of the same. Also Capt. Van Horn with His Bucaniers surprizing of la Vera Cruz. To which is added the true Relation of Sir Henry Morgan his Expedition against the Spaniards in the West-Indies, and his taking Panama. London: by B.W. for R.H. and S.T., 1684. 8o (166 x 93 mm.) Title a trifle rubbed, few marginal 18th-century notations, owner's signature on blank verso of title, M5 detached, gutter of M6 (final leaf) glued to modern endpaper, but withal a very good copy of a scarce book. Modern green half-morocco. FIRST EDITION.
"This work is in part supplementary to the English edition of Exquemelin's Bucanier's of America, 1684, and in part a vindication of the English, especially Capt. Henry Morgan, from the aspersions of that writer...The major part of this book is the narrative of Captain [Bartholomew] Sharp. For two and one half years Sharp's party of French and English buccaneers ranged up and down the western coast of South America, sacking and burning towns, capturing ships, ransoming and killing [and generally making nuisances of themselves], often quarreling among themselves, and gradually dwindling in number until it was no longer possible to carry on against the Spanish forces. Eventually the crew disintegrated under pressure from the King's navy, and Captain Sharp was killed by the Spanish at Cape Corrientes in 1697. Among his companions were William Dampier, Lionel Wafer, William Funnel, and William Hacke" -- Hill, p. 11; Sabin 79781; Wing A 4315. For more on Sharp and his friends see Peter Gerhard, Pirates of the Pacific, 1575-1742 [Lincoln, Neb., 1990).