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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First published in 1892 this edition of Charles Darwin: His Life Told in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of his Letters, was published in London John Murray in 1902 and contains a photograph of Darwin towards the end of his life by Elliott and Fry, one of a limited edition of 4,000 such reproductions.
In his preface to the first edition, Francis Darwin, the third son and seventh child of Charles and the author and compiler of this work - himself a renowned biologist - states that this publication is 'practically an abbreviation of the Life and Letters' of Charles Darwin, published in 1887. Containing some 350 printed pages, Francis Darwin's Charles Darwin details in thirteen chapters much of the life of Charles Darwin revealed mainly through his correspondence with colleagues, with a large portion of the book given over to the development of the ideas and eventual publication of the work that was to eventually change the way man viewed everything about himself and the world in which he inhabited: Origin of the Species. The republication here in fully-searchable digital format of Charles Darwin is poignant as it coincides with the 150th Anniversary of the publication of the Origin of the Species. Although an abbreviation of Life and Letters, Francis Darwin notes that the chapters detailing the story of the Origins of the Species are 'told with nearly the full amount of available material'.
Charles Darwin: His Life Told in an Autobiographical Chapter, an in a Selected Series of his Letters is a roughly chronological account of the life of Charles Darwin beginning with his birth in Shropshire in 1809 and with his death at Downe House in Kent in 1882 and funeral at Westminster Abbey. Charles Darwin is introduced by its author with a brief sketch of the Darwins and is followed by 'the autobiography' indicated in the title of this publication. This fifty-page account of his life was composed by Darwin at the prompting of a a German editor who had written to Darwin requesting 'an account of the development of my mind and character with some sketch of my autobiography'. Written in August 1876 and entitled Recollections of the Development of my Mind and Character, Darwin thought that an attempt to sketch his life would be 'amusing'; written for his children and grandchildren Darwin's recollections were composed as if her 'were a dead man in another world looking back at my own life'.
It is to the Origins of the Species, Darwin's legacy to humankind, that much of this book is given over to. With chapters on his appointment to the Beagle, the five year voyage and even longer thirteen year ruminations on what the voyage's discoveries might mean to the germination of ideas that led to the writing of the Origins of the Species, which took a further thirteen years, until eventual publication at the end of 1859. Charles Darwin: His Life Told in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of his Letters is concluded by the impact of the Origins of the Species in the decade after its publication together with more detailed examinations on some of Charles Darwin's botanical work.
This 1902 edition of Charles Darwin: His Life Told in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of his Letters, which is indexed, is republished here in fully-searchable digital format and is a timely republication 150 years after Darwin's original publication of the thesis that changed the way we think about everything for ever.
In three large volumes these are the words of the man who was one the most influential Englishman in history. These letters and speeches start in 1636, six years before the Civil War and continue through that turbulent period until 1658.
Absolutely unmissable, especially for those interested in the English Civil War as it documents Cromwells thoughts and reasoning behind his actions.
Fully searchable in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Published just two years after the death of the great musician and composer, this wonderful biography in two parts gives a tremendous insight into the life of Brahms.
The first part, Albert Dietrich's Recollections, contains a huge collection of letters between Brahms and Deitrich between 1853 and 1874; and the second part, by Widman, gives details of the later years of the musician's life from 1886-97.
The definitive biography of a truly remakable woman.
Crockford's directories are the number one resource for tracing the lives and careers of the clergy.
Usually the books also contains a huge amount of reference material relating to the Church in general but sadly this book has had much of the reference material removed. Fortunately the biographies of the clergy are intact and those are what is included on this CD.
Each individual biography contains details of where and when he studied and the qualifications he gained, where and when he was incumbent in each of the places he worked (including foreign posts) and also his full address at the time of publication.
By Eliza Meteyard, published in 1865. 2 volumes, first edition.
The authoratitive biography of Josiah Wedgwood, and in Meteyard's own words of 1865 - "I am willing to believe, judging from many analogies and pregnant signs, that the rebirth of Wedgwood's fame is something more than the fashion of the hour".
Chapters in the volumes include: The earliest varieties of pettery, Pottery of the Middle Ages, Staffordshire and its pottery, Wedgwood's Predecessors and Their Work, The Staffordshire Potters, Wedgwood's Start in Life, The Master Potter, Thomas Bentley the Liverpool Merchant, Canal Navigation and Royal Patronage, Public, Scientific and Artistic Business, Ancient Art and Modern Etruria; Materials and Mechanical Aids, Art in its Spring, Ornamental Ware, Artistic Work and Workmen, Wedgwood's Freinds, The Russian Service, The New Composition and its Results, The Catalogues and their Contents, Greek Street and Bentley, Philosophy and Art, The Period of Artistic Perfection, The Final Works.
Lavishly illustrated and including some coloured prints of borders of enamelled ware.
All in all, a wonderful reference source about Wedgwood, his life and his work, and fascinating reading in its own right.
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