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Cannibal Jack, the King of the Cannibal Islands. Arrival in New York. Thirty years Among the Man-Eaters. A Singular Story. Truth Stranger Than Fiction [caption title]
[ Brattleboro, Vt., 1870. 8 x 161?2 in. Light fold lines, minor edge wear, tape repair on verso. Some spotting, heavier in upper left corner. Overall very good. A charming advertisement for an upcoming biography of William Diaper (1821?-91), otherwise known as "Cannibal Jack."  At the age of nine, Diaper fled his native Rochester for Mystic, Connecticut, ultimately managing his way aboard a ship bound for Le Havre.  He spent the next few years sailing around the world, getting into scrapes, and visiting New Zealand, Australia, and a host of other Pacific destinations.  He eventually landed on the Marquesas Islands, where he remained and rose to prominence among the natives of the Marquesas, Society, Friendly, and Navigator islands.  Offered a lucrative book contract, he returned to the States, and the promotion machine kicked into high gear.  OCLC locates only a 20th-century autobiography (published in 1928 from portions of his manuscript), and no copies of this broadside.  In 1999 his journal of gold mining in Australia from 1851 to 1853 was also published.
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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