9 February 2000
[KIDD, Capt. William (d.1701)]. A Full Account of the Proceedings, in relation to Capt. Kidd. In two letters. Written by a person of Quality to a Kinsman of the Earl of Bellomont in Ireland. London: Printed and sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster, 1701. Small 4o (195 x 147 mm). 51 pages. Modern full mottled calf, gilt, slipcase. FIRST EDITION. The Governor of Massachusetts Bay, Lord Bellomont, took up his appointment in 1695 with special instructions to suppress piracy along the colony's coast. William Kidd was given command of a privateer, the Adventure, and began the task. Excessive zeal caused Kidd to turn pirate himself, plundering ships of friendly powers. Returning from Madagascar in 1699, Kidd was jailed and sent to London for trial in April 1700. He was found guilty and hanged on 23 May 1701. Provenance: Philip M. Chancellor, his bookplate. JCB I 11; Sabin 37703.
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