2 Piracy / The trial of Pedro Gilbert and his crew 106


Description: The trial of Pedro Gilbert and his crew: the last historical pirates to operate in US waters
[GILBERT, Pedro (subject)].
Trial of the twelve Spanish pirates of the schooner Panda, a Guinea Slaver, consisting of Don Pedro Gibert, captain; Bernardo de Soto, mate; Francisco Ruiz, carpenter; Antonio Ferrer, the tattooed cook; Nicola Costa, Manuel Boyga, Domingo de Guzman, Juan Antonio Portana, Manuel Castillo, Angel Garcia, Jose Velazquez, and Juan Montenegro, seaman, for robbery and piracy, committed on board the brig Mexican, 20th Sept. 1832.
Boston, Lemuel Gulliver, 1834. 4to (23.5 x 14 cm). With a wood-engraving of the Black King, at Cape Lopez, who protected the crew of the Panda and a pirate's long knife on the title-page, and 17 wood-engraved illustrations, including a full-page view and a map of the Gulf of Guinea. Sewn as issued.
€ 3,950
First edition of a report on the trial of Captain Pedro Gilbert and his crew, accused of robbery and piracy committed on board the American brig Mexican. Said to be the last American pirate, Don Pedro Gilbert (ca. 1800-1834) was born in South America and made his home in south Florida. A former privateer in the service of the Colombian government, Gilbert began raiding American merchant vessels off the east coast of Florida in early 1832. Later that year, his men stole roughly $20,000 worth of silver from the Mexican, en route from Salem to Rio de Janeiro. The crew surrendered, but on Gilbert's orders his men locked them below deck and left them to burn alive. The captain managed to free himself and his men who eventually reached Salem. The British Navy captured Gilbert's ship and crew in 1833 and all thirteen were convicted and hanged in Boston in 1834. Some spotting. Good copy.
Sabin 96948, 69915 (report of the trial) & 93808 (supplement to the report of the trial); Tarbox, The Spanish Pirate (Baltimore, 2005); not in Gosse.
  • Number: 1060899
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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