Johnson, Captain Charles - A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates - ( Item 125356 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2018. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Bound in printed and blocked cloth. Set in Caslon. 464 pages. Frontispiece and 35 integrated black & white illustrations. Spot UV endpapers. Plain slipcase. 9? x 5¾?. First published in 1724, Captain Charles Johnson’s book remains the most influential account of piratical lore ever written. In the grip of the Golden Age of Piracy, Georgian England had an insatiable appetite for tales of bloodlust and debauchery on the high seas; this stunning new edition brilliantly reproduces Johnson’s graphic accounts of the marauders and their grizzly deeds. The biographies include notorious names such as Blackbeard, Captain Kidd and Major Bonnet. The legendary Blackbeard battled his foes ‘till the sea was tinctured with blood’ and eventually died in battle; Kidd terrorised trading ships off the coast of America until hanged for his crimes; and Bonnet, ‘the gentleman pirate’, swapped privateering for outright pillaging – many speculating that an unhappy marriage led to his career change. The inclusion of female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny delighted readers and helped propel the book to best-seller status. Bonny’s fearsome façade even remained intact during the public execution of her lover Captain Jack Rackham.
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