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[DeFoe, Daniel?]
The King of Pirates: being an Account of the Famous Enterprises of Captain Avery (London: A. Bettesworth/ C. King/ J. Brotherton/ W. Chetwood/ W. Boreham, 1720).

THE| King of PIRATES:| BEING AN| ACCOUNT| OF THE Famous Enterprises| OF Captain AVERY,| The Mock King of Madagascar.| WITH| His Rambles and Piracies; where-|in all the Sham Accounts formerly| publish'd of him, are detected.| [rule]| In Two LETTERS from himself;| one during his Stay at Madagascar, and| one since his Escape from thence.| [rule]| LONDON,| Printed for A. Bettesworth in Pater-noster Row, C. King| in Westminster-Hall, J. Brotherton and W. Meadows in Cornhill,| W. Chetwood in Covent-Garden, and sold by W. Boreham in| Pater-noster Row. 1720.| (Price 1 s. 6 d.)


titlepage/ p.iii-vi preface/ p.1-93/ 8.


{L: 518.f.29}.

Bibliographical Reference

ESTC: t069707.


According to J. R. Moore (1960): Daniel Defoe.

Date of Publication

According to J. R. Moore (1960): 10 Dec. 1719.


Title: "Letters"; "Story"; p.93: "History".


A continuation of The Life and Adventures of Capt. John Avery (London: J. Baker, 1709): {L: 1204.c.5} - Avery himself criticises the book - the preface adds: "this Story stripp'd of all the romantick, improbable, and impossible Parts of it, looks more like the History of Captain Avery, than any Thing yet publish'd ever has done; and, if it is not prov'd that the Captain wrote these Letters himself, the Publisher says, None but the Captain himself will ever be able to mend them." - which means that the reports according to which he allegedly murdered a princess and her entourage were not based on facts. Also wrong: all the reports of his great power over Madagascar. The second letter is allegedly written by the pirate as he is incognito on his way to Europe.