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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
The life, adventures, and pyracies, of the famous Captain Singleton: containing an account of his being set on shore in the island of Madagascar, his settlement there, with a description of the place and inhabitants: of his passage from thence, in a paraguay, to the main land of Africa, with an account of the customs and manners of the people: his great deliverances from the barbarous natives and wild beasts: of his meeting with an Englishman, a citizen of London, among the Indians, the great riches he acquired, and his voyage home to England: as also Captain Singleton's return to sea, with an account of his many adventures and pyracies with the famous Captain Avery and others.
London: printed for J. Brotherton, J. Graves, A. Dodd, and T. Warner, 1720.
[2], 344 [i.e. 360] p. ; 18.1 cm. (8º)

Written in the first person but in fact by Daniel Defoe. Page numbers 209--224 are repeated; text and register are continuous. This is the first edition of Defoe's adventure novel set in the parts of the known world that had been missed by the more famous Robinson Crusoe. Written at a time when pirates and piracy were a national concern with implications for trade and colonial activity, Captain Singleton also shows Defoe's growing interest in crime and criminality, which was also to inform the writing of Moll Flanders (q.v.). ESTC t69688; Moore 435; Furbank and Owens 209.

Copy Notes Bound as part of a uniformly bound 48-volume set of works by or attributed to Defoe which on the evidence of endleaves variously watermarked '1814', '1808', etc. was presumably assembled around 1810--15.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Life &c. Of Capt. Singleton'.

Reference Number 810


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