From the beginning of the sixteenth century, European commerce in the Mediterranean had been bedevilled by the plundering and slave hunting of the Barbary pirates, acting out of Algiers, their principal base, and the coastal towns of morocco. Amongst these the most notorious were the pirates of Salli. In 1635 Dunton was forced to act as pilot in a Moorish pirate ship (“Sally man of warre”) which was intending to take captives off the English coast. She made for the Isle of Wight, where she was captured and Dunton released. In January 1636 a fleet of 8 warships was sent on the orders of King Charles I on a punitive expedition to Salli – the author being one of the mariners. The present work comprises a detailed history of their voyage, the successful attack on Salli and the liberation of sever hundred Christian captives.
The engraved chart provides a plan of the engagement. Of particular interest are descriptions of the participating vessels (names, tonnage, complement, number of guns, etc) and the list of names of the redeemed captives which identifies the home towns of each in the British Isles. Thus we are provided with remarkable information on the geographic make-up of the British merchant fleet in the first half of the seventeenth century.
First edition. Small 4to (17 x 13cm.), [iv], 26, [xviii] pp., folding engraved map, disbound, brown cloth chemise and morocco-backed cloth slipcase, cut close at head of page occasionally affecting headline, map restored at inner margin, withal a very good copy.
Provenance: Marquess of Lothian (pencilled note); Frederick Spiegelberg (morocco label).
Atabey 379; STC 7357.
Stock ID: 90994