The History of the Lives and Actions of the Most Famous Highwaymen, Street-Robbers. &c. &c. &c.
The History of the Lives and Actions of the Most Famous Highwaymen, Street-Robbers. &c. &c. &c. The History of the Lives and Actions of the Most Famous Highwaymen, Street-Robbers. &c. &c. &c. The History of the Lives and Actions of the Most Famous Highwaymen, Street-Robbers. &c. &c. &c. The History of the Lives and Actions of the Most Famous Highwaymen, Street-Robbers. &c. &c. &c. The History of the Lives and Actions of the Most Famous Highwaymen, Street-Robbers. &c. &c. &c.
£250.00
Edinburgh: Printed for John Thomson Jun and Co; Longman et al, London; John Cumming, Dublin. 1814.

A New Edition. 8vo. 210x125mm. pp. viii, 9-574. Frontispiece engraving of "Sir John Falstaff with his companions at Gad's Hill". Mid-nineteenth century half calf, marbled paper boards, binders ticket of "Marshall, Aylesbury". Some shelfwear but a very good binding. Internally, there is foxing and the frontispiece and title page have been repaired but overall a very nice copy of a rare title. Captain Charles Johnson was a pseudonym. Some scholars maintain that "Johnson" is Daniel Defoe but there is little evidence for this. First published in 1724 this book went through many editions all with slightly different titles and with additional biographies added. Originally intended to satisfy a desire for salacious details about pirates, robbers and general assorted low-life, it soon became apparent that the appetite for such characters was almost limitless, hence the multifarious editions, many of which, including this one, are rare.