London: Printed for C. Rivington, 1735. viii,349,pp. plus folding frontispiece map. Contemporary calf; rebacked. Contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage. Some damp-staining to bottom right corner of text. Good plus. Item #WRCAM29634A
The first edition, with the rare folding map, of this frequently printed, highly important narrative which, for many years, was assumed to be fictional due to the severity of the "extraordinary distresses and adventures." The map depicts Central America and the Isthmus of Panama. "Cockburn and several other pirates were set ashore...at Puerto Caballos in 1730. After escaping from jail in San Pedro Sula, they crossed the Isthmus to San Salvador and thence traveled to Panama overland....The account is valuable, as few foreign observers visited Central America in the early eighteenth century" - Griffin. The Withington narrative, with its own titlepage, makes up the final eighty-five pages of this volume. FIELD 336. GRIFFIN 2530 (ref). SABIN 14095.