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Musgrave's Obituary - 6 Volumes Musgrave's Obituary - 6 Volumes

Ref: GBI8039
ISBN:

Originally written by Sir William Musgrave and compiled from his extensive library, this enormous work is an alphabetical list of peoples names, their date of death and reference to the source of the information.

For the most part the people mentioned belong to the middle to upper classes of society, although there are quite frequent mentions such as:

'ACTON, Vincent, a swineherd near Worcester. 9 Aug. 1764. (LM 485; GM 398). LM 485 refers to The London Magazine and GM refers to The Gentlemans Magazine.

BATEMAN, Mathew, wheelright, Whitechapel. 17 Sept 1761 (LM 506; GM 430).

BROWN, William, farmer, at Skeffington in Leicestershire. April 1791 (GM 385).

They are all pre 1800..... and at a quick glance I see that most are in the 1700s and 1600s, but that there are also a great number much earlier. The earliest I spotted (in the first few pages of the "A"s) was in the year 1421.

The whole set of twenty three original volumes was transcribed by the Harleian Society and published between 1899 and 1901 in the six volumes seen in the photograph (left).

These wonderful books were kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by The Harleian Society.

 


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The Life of William Bruges The Life of William Bruges

Ref: GBI8091
ISBN:
- The First Garter King of Arms

William Bruges was a man of some prominence in his day, the first Garter King of Arms, an excellent herald, diplomat and devoted churchman.

Little is known of his early life or even his date and place of birth, although it is certain that he died in 1450. This is a superb and very scholarly account which will be of great interest to those studying medieval heraldry. 


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Captain Charles Johnson, The Lives and Actions of the Most Noted Highwaymen, Street-Robbers, Pirates &c. &c. 1839 Captain Charles Johnson, The Lives and Actions of the Most Noted Highwaymen, Street-Robbers, Pirates &c. &c. 1839

Ref: IE5091
ISBN: 1-84630-288-9
Number of Pages: 512
File Size: 29 Mb
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Republished here is the immensely popular and hugely successful Johnson's Lives of Highwaymen and Pirates. First published in 1724 As a General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates and often abbreviated to A General History, the work had been republished and reissued many hundreds of times, down to the present day. This edition is known as the Dublin Tegg 'fourth edition' published in Dublin in 1839. This was the thirty-fifth time that the book had been published and this edition was based on 1813 Edinburgh release and carried the full title: The Lives and Actions of the Most Noted Highwaymen, Street-Robbers, Pirates, Etc.

The identity of the author, Captain Charles Johnson, and his authorship of Highwaymen & Pirates is shrouded in mystery and not a little controversy. While there is little dispute that there was no such person by the name of 'Captain Charles Johnson' this had led to much speculation about who the author really was. Highwaymen and Pirates demonstrates a knowledge of the sailor's speech and life, which to some people suggest that he could have been an actual sea captain. He could also have been a professional writer, well versed in the sea, using a pseudonym. This has led some to believe that he could have been the playwright Charles Johnson, who had an unsuccessful play the Successful Pyrate in 1712. This glamorized the career of Henry Avery and caused a scandal at the time for praising a convicted criminal. The American scholar and expert on the writings of Daniel Defoe claimed in 1934 that Defoe was actually the author of A General History and the influence and credibility of Moore led many to recatalogue A General History with Defoe's other known works. However, there is no documentary evidence linking Johnson to Defoe and the identity of Captain Johnson will probably remain a mystery adding to the compelling nature of the work.

The original publication was assembled using contemporary newspaper accounts, Admiralty Court Records and a number of interviews and as a result the work has become the most influential source in shaping conceptions of pirates and remains one of the prime sources for the biographies on some of the best-known pirates today.

This edition of Highwaymen and Pirates contains 512 printed pages, a dozen or so pen and ink sketches and is fully indexed. The Index contains the names of the highwaymen and pirates and and many names are annotated with one or two dagger marks. One dagger symbolised the fact that the individual had committed murder, two daggers that 'they were guilty of numerous or atrocious acts'. More than 120 biographical sketches of varying length are included in Highwaymen and Pirates and all of the best-known pirates are present and include to two infamous female pirates Ann Bonney and Mary Read.

Perhaps the best-known work ever published on pirates and highwaymen, Captain Johnson's The Lives and Actions of the Most Noted Highwaymen, Street-Robbers, Pirates, is not to be missed.

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