New York, Park Avenue
8 November 1996
Property from the Collection of
The Late ROBERT H. POWER
[KIDD, Captain WILLIAM, Pirate]. 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 4to, 198 x 145 mm. (7 13/16 x 5 5/8 in.), maroon levant morocco, upper cover with a full pictorial panel comprising intertwined tan rope over dark green seaweed in onlaid morocco, framing a ship at sail in onlaid and painted leather, gilt panelling and spine gilt, t.e.g., washed, title thin and with stamp scraped from verso affecting two letters. FIRST EDITION. JCB I 11; Sabin 37703.
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 to Boston in July 1699 from Madagascar (a well-known pirate hang-out) he was gaoled and sent to London for trial in April 1700. Charged with the murder of Moore, his gunner, and with the plundering and seizing of six different ships, he was found guilty and hanged at Execution Dock on 23 May 1701.
Provenance: Frank C. Deering, bookplate.
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