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Histoire des Avanturiers Flibustiers qui se sont signalez dans les Indes contenant ce qu´ils on fait de plus remarquable depuis vignt années
Very rare French edition, finely printed, of what´s arguably the most influential account of pirates of the Caribbean. 1699. Paris. Jacques Lefebvre. Two volumes in 12mo (158 mm x 90 mm). Frontispiece + 8 ff. + 483 [484] + 1 ff.; 2 ff. + 537 + 5 ff. + 7 folding maps and views. Elegant 20th century calf in period-style, boards with single gilt fillet, raised bands and labels to spine, lettered in gilt, hinges starting, some rubbing, generally fine. Very good, edges gilt, paper mildly browned, but still a most desirable copy. Third French edition ?the first appeared in 1686. The translation was prepared by Frontigniéres, adding and revising it apparently against Exquemeling´s own manuscript; the first edition in all was published in Dutch in 1678 under the title De Americaensche Zee-Roovers. The success was immediate, translations followed and editions continued until the 18th century. Exquemeling (1645 ? 1707) was a French Huguenot, in 1666 made sale towards the Antilles, his ship was allegedly attacked by pirates and after reaching Tortuga he was apparently sold to a local who subsequently sold to a surgeon of some sort, he would teach him his office and eventually grant him his freedom against payment. At an uncertain date, Exquemelin became a privateer; as a pirate, he participated in the raid of Maracaibo in 1669 and that of Panama in 1670 under Morgan. His experiences and observations were concentrated in his memoires. The detail with which Exquemeling describes the lootings, plundering, life and adventures of these seamen is, and was unequaled for a long time. The illustration includes seven folding maps and views; representing maps of Cartagena & Maracaibo and a view of Veracruz and an allegorical frontispiece to first volume.
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