Pirates have docked on my street in SE Portland!
To commemorate the invasion, take a look at our copy of The History of the Bucaniers of America, a title that is the cornerstone to any serious collection of pirate lore.
The great pirate stories of the seventeenth century ? the sacking of Panama, the looting of Maracaibo, the horrible tortures performed by l'Ollonais ? were first published by the enterprising Alexander Olivier Exquemelin in Amsterdam in 1678. Printed in his native Dutch, the title was De Americaensche Zeerovers.
No bedtime stories here; this is a detailed "Who's Who" of pirates. Our 1810 edition of Bucaniers of America boasts a fanciful tableau showing Captain Morgan and the lovely female prisoner he supposedly fell for during the weeks he ransacked Panama and brought the town to ruin.
It was most likely the only episode in the entire book that the engraver dared to use as a frontispiece; the majority of the tales in Exquemelin's book drip with blood.
Auction Watch: Sotheby's in New York is having a fine books and manuscripts auction on June 21. Staying with the nautical theme, there are several sets of Cook's Voyages for sale ? I'm interested to check and see the "Prices Realized" after the sale. Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures and description of our set of Cook's Voyages.
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Kirsten Berg has worked as a used book buyer for Powell's for more than ten years. She is experienced with technical and general reading material, and enjoys working with out of print and rare material the most. Her blog posts on the world of rare books appear in bi-weekly rotation, every other Wednesday.