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Journal du Voyage Fait a la Mer de Sud, avec - RAVENEAU DE LUSSAN - 1693. 
1693 - RAVENEAU DE LUSSAN. Journal du Voyage Fait a la Mer de Sud, avec les Flibustiers de l'Amerique en 1684. Paris: Jean Coignard, 1693. Thick 12mo, contemporary full brown calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine label, raised bands. $2500.Third edition of the exploits of 17th-century "freebooters" along the coast of South America, with allegorical woodcut title-page vignette depicting Death and Melancholy.French pirate Raveneau de Lussan embarked for Santo Domingo in 1679 in search of fortune. He claimed to have "adopted the Buccaneering "profession' in order to obtain money to pay his creditors and to return to his fashionable life in Paris. According to his own account, he was a man of the highest principles and very devout, never allowing his crew to molest priests, nuns, or churches. After taking a Spanish town, he would attend Mass in the Church or Cathedral with his pirates before commencing to loot" (Cox II, 270). Unsuccessful in his first foray, he joined the buccaneers under Cornelius Laurent, sailing from Petit-Goave in November, 1684. He soon rose to command a band of his own, and in 1685 pillaged the town of Realejo in Guatemala. In 1686 his band took part in the capture of Grenada, and, not finding the booty they expected, set the city on fire. Following this disappointment, Lussan briefly parted ways with the English buccaneers, but joined forces with them later for the purpose of attacking Guayaquil, which they took with much booty. This work is an account of these wayward adventures as far north as Acapulco, including a deadly routing by the Spanish army, of which Voltaire later made note: "The retreat of the ten thousand will always be more celebrated, but is not to be compared to it." First published in 1688 and followed by a second edition in 1690 (though this 1693 title page also reads "second edition"). Text in French. Sabin 67985. See Cox II, 270. Owner signature.Very faint dampstain to blank margins of first gathering. Several small wormholes to bottom edges and spine ends of handsome contemporary calf. A desirable copy. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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