First Edition, Printed the Year of Kidd's Death
KIDD, Captain William. Full Account of the Proceedings in Relation to Capt. Kidd. In two Letters. written by a Person of Quality to a Kinsman of the Earl of Bellomont in Ireland. London: Printed and Sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster , 1701.
First edition. There were three editions of printed in 1701, the year of Kidd's execution, and this is the first of these three. Small quarto (7 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches; 195 x 144 mm). [8], 51, [1, blank] pp.

Nineteenth-century half green morocco over marbled paper boards. Spine lettered in gilt. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. With stab-hole still visible. Board edges a bit chipped, and corners lightly bumped. Some minor soiling to title-page and a few other pages with light staining, but generally very clean. A small blue ink "duplicate" on front free endpaper and on blank verso of title-page. Final leaf [pg. 51] is laid down and is lacking a 1.25-inch strip from the blank bottom margin. Overall a very good copy.

"Captain William Kidd, a Scotsman by birth, lived in New York City in the 1690s. He was commissioned as a British privateer by the governor of New York to go out and capture pirates; instead Kidd became a pirate himself. He was later tried and convicted for murdering his gunner, William Moore, and on five indictments of piracy. He was hanged in Britain in 1701. There is still debate over whether certain documents, purportedly withheld by people implicated in the matter, would have acquitted Kidd of the piracy charges. Among those suspected of withholding information are Lord Bellomont, the governor of New York, and Colonel Robert Livingstone, who recommended Kidd to Lord Bellomont. This work of "A Person of Quality" who "was privy to...every thing that pass'd in that affair" has sometime been attributed to Dr. John Mitchell." (Hill, 663)

ESTC T127812. Hill 663. Howes m677. Sabin 37703.

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