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(KIDD, Captain). Trial of Captain Kidd. Edited by Graham Brooks. Edinburgh and London : William Hodge & Company, Limited, (September 1930). First Printing. Pp. (8),[ix]-x,(2),1-223,(1), portrait frontispiece of Baron Hatsell,+ 7 leaves of plates and 1 folding map. Illustrated. 8vo, red cloth with b lack lettering to spine. A volume in the Notable British Trials Series. "The name of Captain Kidd has been saddled with a degree of infamy far in excess of that wretched man's deserts. The Kidd of history is but a shadow of the Kidd of legend. True, in middle age, after a successful career of meritorious service, with ample means for a life of respectable retirement, he yet stooped to play the buccaneer; but, at worst, he was a mere milk-and-water amateur, for, in an age when pirates massacred or enslaved their hapless victims, sacked and burnt the towns on which they descended for provisions,Kidd had but one murder and one arson to his discredit. His is no romantic story, but the sordid tale of a weak man who succumbed without a struggle when temptation faced him. Yet, whilst the names of such as Morgan, Avery and Lolonais are scarce remembered, that of Captain Kidd remains a nursery byword. Such are tradition's vagaries!" - from the introduction. Inner hinges tender, soiling to boards and brownign to spine, nicking to spine ends, faint spine creasing, occasional foxing throughout, else good. 45.00
Title: Trial of Captain Kidd. First Edition.
Publisher: William Hodge, Edinburgh and London, 1930,:
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