Captured by Pirates and other adventures... (1752)

PRICE Howell ap David

A Genuine Account of the Life and Transactions of Howell ap David Price, Gentleman of Wales.

Published: T Osborne, London.

Date: 1752

In nineteenth century maroon, half calf, with red marbled boards, corners and edges lightly bumped and worn. Spine, faded slightly, titles and tooling in gilt, edges rubbed. Internally, bookplate of J Maggs to fpd, first edition, 8vo, (viii), [1], 302 pp, early ink name at base of final page (Charles James), some occasional light soiling and spotting, small loss of impression affecting 3 letters on title, lacks the final advertisement leaf. Housed in a maroon cloth up and over box. , there was another edition published in 1799. Title continues: A Series of most remarkable occurrences during his seven years travels abroad; five of which were spent with a Lady he had released from Slavery. With particulars since his return with her to England.

(ESTC T144445)

The extraordinary adventures of a Welsh sailor captured by French privateers, enslaved in Algeria, his escape with the wealthy Cleone, their joining of a caravan to Cairo, the loss and recovery of their jewelery from robbers, the pursuit of Cleone by another woman (spurned she attempts to poison Cleone, is tried and executed), a journey to Mecca, further wranglings with slavers before the return journey to Britain during which the ship captain threatens Cleone that "if she did not comply to be his wife... he would use her as his whore". The author, of this supposed biography, eventually returns to Wales, where we leave him married with two children.

There was another edition published in 1799. A wonderful copy of a very scare and important title.

Very Good

Half Calf


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