November 2019 Catalogue

98 “The Best Contemporary Account Of The Most Famous Pirate” 121. (KIDD, William) MITCHELL, John. A Full Account of the Proceedings in Relation to Capt. Kidd. In Two Letters. London, 1701. Small slim quarto (6 by 8 inches), 19th-century three-quarter dark green morocco, custom clamshell box. $15,000. First edition of one of the earliest works to tell the legendary story of Captain Kidd, published the same year the notorious pirate was hanged for murder. Fewmen “caused more fear, speculation and gold-digging, than Captain William Kidd. Along the shores of New England and Long Island, from his day to this, men have dug in the dead of night… to find his buried Gold” (Elliott, New-England History ). “This is the best contemporary account of the most famous pirate of the English colonies” (Streeter 860). Authorship also variously attributed to Lord Somers or Lord Halifax (Howes M677). With tiny original gutter-edge pinholes. Sabin 37703. ESTC T127812. Title page upper corner with “225” in unidentified cursive. Small dealer description (1 by 2-1/2 inches) affixed to pastedown. Tiny inkstamps of “duplicate” to initial blank, title page verso. Text generally quite fresh with tiny bit of gutter-edge paper repairs, expert archival restoration to blank lower edge of rear leaf. A highly desirable near-fine copy.