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Lives and exploits of pirates Brooke, Henry K. Philadephia, J.B. Perry & New York, Nafis & Cornish, 1846. Later boards with the illustrated title (of the original wrappers) pasted to the front cover. Title with large woodcut illustration of pirates fighting on a ship, 4 full-page woodcut plates of fighting pirates on pp. 147, 159, 173 and 213 (2 of which, p. 159 and 173, are repeated on the recto and verso of a leaf bound before the title), 2 smaller wood engravings and 8 vignettes in text. 121 pp., paginated as follows: (4), pp. 107-216.
A very rare pirate book - the second of three editions: 1841, 1846 and 1847 -, containing twelve vividly illustrated short stories on the lives and exploits of pirates. According to World Cat our edition is only present in one library. Included are accounts of the pirate captains Roche, Low, Teach alias Black beard, Charles Vane, John Rackman, and Roberts, the female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonney, the pirates Charles Gibbs & Thomas Wansley, the History of the capture of the brig Mexican by the Sanish pirates, A brief narrative of the Africans on board of the Schooner Amistad, and the burning of the Caroline.