Engraving. 145 x 80mm, 5¾ x 3¼". Trimmed into printed borders.
Portrait of a pirate from Exquemelin's 'History of the Bucaniers of America'. The text describes the pirate as a cruel man who was born in Groningen, the Netherlands, who plied his trade in Brazil and Jamaica. Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin, himself a former pirate who had sailed with Henry Morgan, published his history of pirates operating in the Americas in Dutch in 1678. The first English edition was published in 1684, but translated from a Spanish edition that exaggerated the mis-deeds of the English pirates, including Morgan, who sued the publishers and won.
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