London: Thomas Newborough, John Nicholson & Ben Tooke, 1699. Small Octavo (ca. 19,5x12 cm). Fifth publication and most complete 17th-century edition. Complete in three parts bound together. , 180; 180, [12 - Index]; , 204 pp., several pagination errors, but text complete. Complete with eight copper engraved maps (six folding), eight folding copper-engraved portraits and views, and nine copper engraved maps and plans in text; also with numerous small woodcuts in text. Two previous owners’ manuscript notes on the title page (one ca. 18-19th century, and the other by one Ronald L. Kirk, Edmonton, dated 1957). Period brown panel-stamped full calf, spine neatly rebacked. Occasional pencil markings in text, pp.  and  of the Index in part 2 with old repairs of the tears, text slightly age-toned, but overall a very good copy of this rare book.
The most complete 17th-century publication of the classic work on the history of buccaneering written by a direct participant of the events, a member of Henry Morgan’s band Alexander Exquemelin.
“In three separately paginated parts. The first part is a translation of "De Americaanse zeerovers" by A.O. Exquemelin. The second part has caption title only: Bucaniers of America. The second volume. Part IV. The dangerous voyage, and bold attempts of Capt. Bartholomew Sharp; it begins new pagination on 2A1r. Exquemelin's history and the account by Ringrose are reprinted with slight changes from the second edition of the anonymous translation of "De Americaensche zee-roovers," London, W. Crooke, 1684-85. The third part is a reissue of Wing R322, "A journal of a voyage made into the South Sea, by the bucaniers or freebooters of America", by the Sieur Raveneau de Lussan (a translation of his "Journal du voyage fait à la Mer du Sud, avec les flibustiers de l’Amerique, en 1684 & années suivantes"). It has separate pagination, register, and title page, dated 1698. The account of the voyage made by the Sieur de Montauban mentioned on title page is included” (Worldcat).
“The most famous book on pirates. The author was a buccaneer under Sir Henry Morgan, and his account is both graphic and picturesque.
Bucaniers of America "forms the basis of all the popular accounts of Morgan" (DNB). With the exception of a few instances where he speaks of the extraordinary exploits of the English under Morgan, he has taken no sides, and is as prone to criticize his leader, as any individual on the opposite side” (PBA Galleries).
"This work has been called the classic of buccaneering books. Esquemeling was an eyewitness of many of the events he so ably records" (Hill). “Those events included the exploits of Henry Morgan, Francis Lolonois, Bartolomew Portugues, Rock Brasiliano, et al. The information on Captain Morgan is particularly valuable; Esquemeling's account pulls no punches and Morgan actually sued the publisher, William Crooke, for libel. The second volume (part 4) is by Basil Ringrose and was first published in 1685” (Bonhams).
Price: $3,250.00 USD