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An Account of the Conduct and Proceedings of the Late John Gow, alias Smith, Captain of the Late Pirates, Executed for Murther and Piracy, Committed on Board the George Galley, Afterwards Call'd the Revenge . . .
Author: Defoe, Daniel
Reference #: 1539
Status: For Sale
List Price: $30.00
Edinburgh: Gordon Wright Publishing, 1978. Published under the short title, The Pirate Gow, 'this reprint is a facsimile of the 1890 edition with the exception of the title page and the limited edition notes. The complete title of the original edition of 1725 reads: An Account of the Conduct and Proceedings of the Late John Gow, alias Smith, Captain of the Late Pirates, Executed for Murther and Piracy, Committed on Board the George Galley, Afterwards Call'd the Revenge; with a Relation of All the Horrid Murthers They Committed in Cold Blood: as also of Their Being Taken at the Islands of Orkney, and Sent Up Prisoners to London."
In his Introduction to this edition, Professor Gordon Donaldson echoes the remarks of John Russell in the 1890 edition that "it is a curiosity that the sordid tale of the crimes (and the punishment) of a particularly unscrupulous but not otherwise notable pirate should be connected with two of the leading writers of English prose - Daniel Defoe and Walter Scott." John Gow (1697-1725) was known as the 'Orkney Pirate', and was infamous beyond the borders of England for his acts of mutiny, murder and piracy.
Octavo; pp.  +  - 73. Brown leatherette boards with gilt titles and pirate motif, without dustjacket, as issued. There is a very small spot on the half-title at the time of publishing, Else Fine: a clean, tight copy. Uncommon, even in reprint.
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