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12 December 2000
EXQUEMELIN, Alexandre Olivier. Bucaniers of America: Or a true Account of the Most remarkable Assaults Committed of late years upon the Coasts of the West-Indies. London: for William Crooke, 1684. [With:] RINGROSE, Basil. Bucaniers of America. The Second Volume. Containing the Dangerous Voyage and Bold Attempts of Captain Bartholomew Sharp and others...London: for William Crooke, 1685. Uniformly bound in 2 vols. 4o (236 x 175 mm.) 4 engraved portraits, 5 engraved plates and maps including 2 folding in first volume, numerous engraved maps and depictions of coastal topography in the second volume (marginal repair to one leaf and minor loss along bottom margin of another in volume 2, both have early ownership signatures to title pages). Contemporary ruled speckled calf, rebacked. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, the present copy containing the scarce second portion authored by Ringrose.
Exquemelin served as a barber-surgeon on a number of pirate vessels before returning to Holland where he authored this work, one of the foundation accounts of piracy in the Indies. Exquemelin has been accused of gross exaggeration in his stories of some of the buccaneer's exploits (Lolonois' feeding one Spaniard another's heart for instance), but the work remains a primary and entertaining source for information on such characters as Captain Morgan. Gosse, pp. 34-36; Sabin 23479; Hill p. 99. (2)
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Lacking two maps from the portion written by Ringrose.
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