Piracies and Murders

Henry BROOKE

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"A DECISION WAS RENDERED IN THE CASE OF THE UNITED STATES, APPELLANT VS. THE AMISTAD… THE CASE WAS AFFIRMED IN EVERY RESPECT, EXCEPT AS TO SENDING THE NEGROES BACK TO AFRICA: THEY ARE BY THE DECISION DISCHARGED AS FREE MEN": VERY RARE FIRST EDITION OF BOOK OF PIRATES, 1841, FEATURING AN ACCOUNT OF THE REVOLT ON THE SLAVE SHIP AMISTAD AND A NARRATIVE OF THE BURNING OF THE CAROLINE

BROOKE, Henry K., editor. Book of Pirates, Containing Narratives of the Most Remarkable Piracies and Murders, Committed on the High Seas: Together with an Account of the Capture of the Amistad; and a Full and Authentic Narrative of the Burning of the Caroline. Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Perry and N.C. Nafis, 1841. Small octavo, original brown cloth, fragments of original paper spine label. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

Rare first edition of this 19th-century collection of piracy narratives, including chapters about the slave uprising on the Amistad and the burning of the Caroline by British soldiers, with numerous engraved plates and in-text illustrations, in original cloth.

Brooke's Book of Pirates is a carefully compiled illustrated book containing true stories (narratives, court transcripts, and more) of piracy, mutiny, and other maritime crime. While the two most notable chapters concern the slave revolt on the Amistad and the burning of the Caroline by the British, Brooke also includes interesting sections about particularly shocking and cruel pirates, harrowing mutinies, and even certain unusual aspects of buccaneering such as female pirates who were every bit as dreaded as their male counterparts.

Scattered foxing to interior, only light wear and toning to original cloth. An extremely good copy.

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