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Wilson, Ralph.  A full and impartial account of all the robberies committed by John Hawkins, George Sympson (lately executed for robbing the Bristol Mails) and their companions. London: J. Peele, [1722]. 8vo (20.2 cm, 7.95"). [2], 29, [1] pp.

"We do not consider how naturally we go from one thing to another, till at last we get to the end of a Rope" (p. 26): Wilson, "late one of [Hawkins' and Simpson's] confederates," wrote this first-person account of the infamous highwaymen's exploits — including the incident in which Hawkins and the author defaced several pictures in the gallery at the Bodleian Library — and their subsequent legal woes. This is the stated fourth edition, undated; Peele's previous issues were all dated 1722, the same year in which the present example was most likely printed, as the subsequent fifth edition was dated 1723.
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

ESTC T68701. 19th-century paper-covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped title; moderate wear overall with board edges and spine sunned, spine title all but lost. Front endpapers with pencilled annotations and small 19th-century shelving label. Title-page with spots of staining; title-page and first text leaf with lower inner corner torn away, not approaching text. Pages age-toned and dust-soiled with scattered foxing. Actual hard-copy holdings of this item are => uncommon, as is the case for all of the 1722 printings.  (41669)   Please RESHELVE This.

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