Lion's Whelp to take a ship reportedly bearing treasures for Plymouth but actually carrying little cargo at all. Ward sailed to the Mediterranean, fell in with Algerine pirates, turned Turk and eventually built himself "a faire Palace beautified with rich marble and Alabaster stones" (William Lithgow). ESTC records six copies, with one in America (Yale). " /> JAMES I, King of England (1566-1625). <I>A Proclamation Against Pirats, Given at Whitehall the Eight Day of January, 1608.</I> London: Robert Barker, 1608. 2<V>o (383 x 273 mm). 2 leaves printed in black letter on rectos of sheets, laid in cloth portfolio. FIRST EDITION, ordering the capture of the notorious pirate of the West Indies, Captain John Ward. Opening with a general condemnation of piracy and a warning to all who practice it, James I's proclamation first orders Viceadmirals to keep registers of ships entering and leaving port for the better tracing of contraband. It then specifically calls for the capture of Captain Jack Ward, orignally a fisherman from Feversham who later, at Plymouth, was described as "a ragged drunken fellow hanging around alehouses." He began his career as a pirate rather unsuccessfully, having convinced his crew aboard the <I>Lion's Whelp</I> to take a ship reportedly bearing treasures for Plymouth but actually carrying little cargo at all. Ward sailed to the Mediterranean, fell in with Algerine pirates, turned Turk and eventually built himself "a faire Palace beautified with rich marble and Alabaster stones" (William Lithgow). ESTC records six copies, with one in America (Yale). | Christie's