London: Printed for Alexander Hogg. 1818. A new edition with great additions, 8 volumes complete, with volume 6 in 2 parts, 8vo, (210mm), uncut, illustrated with elegant copper plates, 6 frontispieces in volumes 1-6 Pt I, 66 plates in all, complete (6 frontispieces & 60 plates), pp: 416; 400; ii,-400; 392 (volume 4 with 2pp. ads inserted before text; ii,-356; ii,1-17,19-416 & ii, 417-894,1-22; (volume 6 Pt I ‘James Hackman-For Murder 1-17 with the verso pp 18 & described as a ‘supplement’ (single leaf) & volume 6 Pt 2 with an Index pp. 1-22 at end; 1-576,-4; (Vol 7 with 4pp index & ‘Directions to Binder’ to verso), viii,9-486+2 (Vol. 8 with 2pp index at end), marbled endpapers, uniformly bound in 19th century half black morocco, marbled boards, spines with raised bands, gilt with gilt stamp to each compartment, title, author & vol. no. lettered direct in 2 compartments & 1818 date to base of spines. A fine complete set.
A most eccentric production with irregular pagination & assembled from parts; it is however complete despite numerous irregularities, which is most unusual. We can only find one record of the number of plates, calling for 60. This copy has 60 & 6 frontispieces making 66.
Numerous cases concerning Piracy, including Captain Kidd; Darby Mullins; Captain John Gow; Captain John Glass; Peter McKinlie; Andrew Zekerman; Richard Quintin; many other cases of piracy, including mutiny; full chapters detailing the individuals and their acts of piracy.
Complete Sets Rarely Appear. This Work was issued in parts and usually appears in only a few of the 8 volumes.
Provenance:Alexander Meyrick Broadley (1847-1916) was a British historian, author, and barrister. He is best known for being the defense lawyer for Ahmed Orabi after the failure of the Urabi Revolt. He lived in Tunis for a number of years and worked as a lawyer there within the French legal system. He later lived in Belgium for a time. In later life he returned to Bradpole. He collected a large number of books, some of which he “grangerized” by adding additional illustrations, and also became a prolific author of books on historical topics. After his death in 1916, his enormous personal library – including 600 extra-illustrated volumes – was dispersed through a series of five auction sales. His Armorial Bookplate on all volumes.