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A GENERAL HISTORY OF THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES OF THE MOST FAMOUS HIGHWAYMEN, MURDERERS, STREET-ROBBERS, &C, 1736 SECOND EDITION, WITH 26 FOLIO COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS

JOHNSON, Charles. General History of the Lives and Adventures of the Most Famous Highwaymen. London, 1736.

Second—and often preferred—edition of this scarce pirate history, with frontispiece and 25 copper-engraved plates, wonderfully bound by Zaehnsdorf in full morocco with gilt skull motifs. $16,800.

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"THAT HE WAS ACCURATE, EVEN TO THE SMALLEST PARTICULAR, HAS BEEN REPEATEDLY PROVED"

JOHNSON, Charles (DEFOE, Daniel, supposed author). A General History of the Pirates. London, 1724.

Second, enlarged edition of this very scarce and desirable pirate history—issued the same year as the first—a sequel to Exquemelin's Bucaniers of America, recounting the exploits of pirates in the West Indies and American waters, with two (of three) engraved plates: a portrait of Blackbeard and a plate depicting the female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read. $5000.

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DEFOE "GAVE LITERARY HISTORY THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE NOVEL": HIS HISTORY OF THE GREAT PLAGUE OF LONDON. 1754

(DEFOE, Daniel). History of the Great Plague. London, 1754.

Elusive 1754 edition of Defoe's 1722 anonymously issued account of the 1665 Great Plague, a fictional yet largely accurate record—"his most journalistic novel"—that compares the Black Death in London to "a great Fire." This timely second edition is the first printing of Defoe's History issued with the early English translation of a French work documenting the 1720 Marseilles Plague—"the most virulent to enter Europe since the Black Death of 1347"—a devastating outbreak that sparked fresh terror among English men and women who feared a resurgence of the deadly 1665 plague. $4200.

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“ESSENTIAL FOR THE FULL UNDERSTANDING OF DEFOE AND THE SUPERNATURAL”

DEFOE, Daniel [attributed to]. View of the Invisible World. London, 1752.

1752 edition, the first of three collected editions that “might almost be called new editions” of Defoe’s Essay on the History and Reality of Apparitions (1727), capturing his intense fascination with the occult, with four copper-engraved plates (including frontispiece), in contemporary calf. $1200.

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1795 NEW YORK EDITION OF DANIEL DEFOE’S INSTRUCTOR TO PARENTS, CHILDREN, MASTERS, SERVANTS, HUSBANDS AND WIVES

[DEFOE, Daniel]. The Family Instructor. New York, 1795.

1795 American edition of Defoe’s guide to incorporating religion into the domestic sphere, written from a Protestant dissenter perspective (i.e. a Christian who rejected the Church of England). $650.

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