EXQUEMELIN, Alexandre Olivier (1645-1707). - [RINGROSE, Basil (1653?-1686)]. Bucaniers of America - [Bucaniers of America. The Second Volume.] London: William Crooke, 1684 - [1685].

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EXQUEMELIN, Alexandre Olivier (1645-1707). - [RINGROSE, Basil (1653?-1686)]. Bucaniers of America - [Bucaniers of America. The Second Volume.] London: William Crooke, 1684 - [1685].

4 parts in one volume. 4to., (8 4/8 x 6 inches). Four engraved portraits of Bucaniers, two scenes, a folding map of Panama, and folding plates of the Spanish Armada being destroyed by Morgan, and the Battle between the Spaniards and Pyrats (sic)at Panama, one vignette to illustrate parts I-III, part IV with large folding map (repaired at gutter) "A description of the South Sea & Coasts of America.", one small folding map, and 14 plates in the text (without the title-page to Part IV, some spotting, browning and a persistent pale stain in the upper margin). 19th-century diced calf gilt, rebacked to style).  

Provenance: Bookplate of Frances Rockwell Kent on the front paste-down; bookplate of S. Rockwell Kent on the front paste-down.  

The first complete collected edition. Second edition "Corrected, and Inlarged with two Additional Relations, viz. the one of Captain Cook, and the other of Captain Sharp" (title-page). First published in Dutch as "De Americaensche zee- rover" (Amsterdam, 1678), and then in Spanish as "Piratas de la America" (Colonia Agrippina, 1681).

FIRST EDITION of Part IV, largely the journal of English buccaneer Basil Ringrose. Exquemelin, possibly a Dutchman, sailed with the French East India Company to Tortuga in 1666, where, along with everything else owned by the Company, he was sold to a "most cruel tyrant and perfidious that ever was born of woman, who was then Governour, or rather Lieutenant-General of that Island." After a bout of sickness brought on by ill-treatment Exquemelin was sold on to a much more sympathetic "Patron" whom he served for more than a year before buying his freedom and "entering "into the wicked Order of the Pirates, or Robbers at Sea. Into this Society I was received with common consent, both of the Superior and vulgar sort, and among them I continued until the year 1672" (pages 10-11). Wing E-3896 and 3897; Sabin 23481; Hill 579. Catalogued by Kate Hunter