THE HISTORY OF THE BUCANIERS OF AMERICA. About 5" X 8" X 1 1/2. Arguably the most important book on seventeenth century piracy and buccaneers in the Caribbean ever written. Title page reads in part (spellings as written) The History of the Bucaniers of America; From Their First Original down to this Time; Written in Several Languages; and now Collected into one Volume.
The Exploits and Adventures of Le Grand, L'Olonois, Roche Brasiliano, Bat the Portuguese, Sir Henry Morgan, &c. Written in Dutch for Jo. Esquemeling one of the Bucaniers, and thence Translated into Spanish. The Dangerous Voyage and Bold Attempts of Capt.Sharp, Watlin, Sawkins, Coxon, and others.... A Journal of a Voyage into the South Sea by the Freebooters of America from 1684, to 1689.
Written by Sieur Raveneau de Lussan: never before in English; IV. A Relation of a Voyage of the Sieur de Montaubon, Capt. Of the Freebooters in Guinea in the Year 1695, &c.... Printed in London for Tho. Newborough at the Golden Ball in St.Paul's Church Yard, John Nicholson at the King's Arms in Little Britain, and Benj. Tooke at the Middle Temple Gate, Fleetstreet, 1699. Contains 24 out of 25 original engravings, maps, portraits, etc. Many foldouts of maps, portraits, battles, massacres, etc. Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin (also known by numerous other spellings) c. 16451707 was a French, Dutch or Flemish writer best known as the author of this book, first published in Dutch as De Americaensche Zee-Roovers , in Amsterdam, by Jan ten Hoorn, in 1678. Born about 1645, it is likely that Exquemelin was a native of Honfleur, France, who on his return from buccaneering settled in Holland, possibly because he was a Hugenot. In 1666 he was engaged by the French West India Company and went to Tortuga, where he worked as an indentured servant for three years. There he enlisted with the buccaneers, in particular with the band of Henry Morgan, whose confidante he was, probably as a barber-surgeon, and remained with them until 1674. However, he was later once again in the Caribbean as his name appears on the muster roll as a surgeon in the attack on Cartagena in 1697. The bibliographic legacy of Exquemelin's History of the Buccaneers of America is complex. It was first published in Dutch (1678), then translated into German (1679), Spanish (1681) and English (1684).
The German translation is a faithful translation of the original Dutch. The Spanish translation adds new material quite freely and without acknowledgment, and mistranslates the Dutch frequently, while the English translation appears to be as much a translation of the Spanish edition, including most of its deviations from the Dutch original.
The French translation of 1686 is substantially a new work with many additions, including new pirate biographies of Daniel Montbars and Alexander Bras de Fer, and complete rearrangements in some sections incorporating new material of unknown source. Subsequent editions and translations added additional new material and whole biographies. Binding tight, with moderate wear.
The largest fold-out map is torn, but complete. Age toning and foxing throughout (all visible in the images). Bound with an additional (later) wraparound leather cover and custom made sliding case. A SPECTACULAR AND FASCINATING ACCOUNT OF THE PRE-COLONIAL AMERICAN HISTORY OF PIRACY AND BUCCANEERING. The item "Rare Antique book History of Bucaniers in America 17th c 1699 Pirate Exquemelin" is in sale since Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
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