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    A General History of the Lives, Murders and Adventures of the Most Notorious Rogues

    Following on from the earlier series titles on Pirates and Highwaymen, this final volume presents macabre stories of ruthless murderers. Includes tales of the mythical Scottish cannibal Sawney Beane, Tyburn-bound pickpockets Moll Jones and Ann Holland as well as the notorious and celebrated thief, and Newgate escapee, Jack Shepherd. With original decorative plates, illustrations, playbills, and portraits from the British Library collections.

    Buoyed by the runaway success of his bestselling A General History of the Pirates (1724), Captain Charles Johnson went on to publish a much-expanded edition of the work to include a further 80 accounts of some of the most extraordinary British criminals of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries entitled A General History of the Lives and Adventures of the Most Famous Pirates, Highwaymen, Murderers, Street-Robbers, &c. (1734). He added further pirate biographies but expanded the cast to include a ferocious band of ruthless and vicious highwaymen, murderers, and wider criminals.

    Johnson's volumes, featuring fictional accounts based on factual sources, are significant as the forerunners of the real-life criminal biography genre, and for their influence on such early novels as Defoe's Moll Flanders and Fielding's Jonathan Wild but equally resonate right through to the present day inspiring the fiction of Ben Aaronovich and Jake Arnott.

    Originally published in folio size complete with fine engravings, this new collection of rogues includes the very best of these original decorative plates but also presents a series of related illustrations, playbills, and portraits from the British Library collections.

    Publication date: 16/09/21

    Author: Captain Charles Johnson. Edited and introduced by Sam Willis

    Brand: British Library Publishing

    Number of pages: 352 pages, with 20+ mono illustrations

    Binding: Hardback

    Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm