Lives and Adventures of the Most Celebrated Highwaymen, Street Robbers, & C.


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Full crushed red morocco bound by Root and Sons with gilt decorated covers, elaborate double inner dentelles, marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Illustrated with 9 full page, bold hand-colored plates. Engraved title-page. Written by “Capt. Ja. Johnson” and printed at the St. Martins Street shop of George Smeeton. Circa 1809 to 1822, which were the years that George Smeeton was active at the St. Martin’s Street address, following the death of his mother and father [Joseph Smeeton, himself a printer 1794-1808], at the same address. Though attributed to James Johnson, this edition was most probably a rendition of Captain Charles Johnson’s “General History of the Lives and Adventures of the Most Famous Highwaymen, Murderers, Street-Robbers, and Account of the Voyages and Plunders of the Most Notorious Pyrates, 1734. The latter was reprinted and revised numerous times, included in later printings of the Newgate Calender, and imitated in many forms during the remainder of the eighteenth century, continuing on into the nineteenth. The present volume has been rebound with new endpapers and prelims and shows a professional repair [approx. 17mm across diagonally] to lower corner of one plate, not affecting image or engraved caption. A very fine copy of this rare book in an handsome fine binding. Not in Tooley.

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Book Author

Johnson, Capt. J.


G. Smeeton

Publish Place

Charing Cross, London


8vo – over 7¾" – 9¾" tall

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