Adventures of Socivizca: a notorious robber & assassin of the race of …
Adventures of Socivizca: a notorious robber & assassin of the race of …
Adventures of Socivizca: a notorious robber & assassin of the race of …
Adventures of Socivizca: a notorious robber & assassin of the race of …

HIGHWAYMEN CHAPBOOKS -. Adventures of Socivizca: a notorious robber & assassin of the race of the Molarchians. Commonly called Montenegrins; Singular Life of Timothy Benson, ….

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HIGHWAYMEN CHAPBOOKS - Adventures of Socivizca: a notorious robber & assassin of the race of the Molarchians. Commonly called Montenegrins; Singular Life of Timothy Benson, a Highwayman [and] Horrid Life of Sawney Beane, an Atrocious Robber & Assassin. Huddersfield, printed and sold by Brook and Lancashire, sold also by Vernor and Hood, Crosby and Letterman. circa 1800-1812.

Small 8vo.; 3 books collected by the publisher, with continual pagination; sometime bound in neat and old, but not original, flush marbled paper wrappers; pp. [ii], [v]-[xii], [13]-109 + [3, advert.]; with engraved vignette to each title and woodcut tailpieces together with engraved decorative cartouche half-titles to parts II and III (lacking the first half-title); externally smart and attractive, internally very good, crisp, and fresh with slight foxing to inner upper cover and one small offset mark; scarce.
First edition thus, collecting early provincial printings of these three popular highwaymen chapbooks. The date of publication is conjectured from the known dates of Hood, Crosby and Letterman. Only one copy located on Copac, (British Library).
The Life and Adventures of Captain Socivizca was first published in London. The second, undated, edition [1779] of this particular chapbook was printed for and sold by John Lever, at Moorgate, next to London-Wall, near Moorfields, copies of which are held at University of Manchester, National Library of Scotland, University of Oxford, University of St. Andrews Library and Wellcome Library. It was apparently first published in an undated edition, by J. Lever, in London, between 1778 and 1780. A copy is held at the University of Oxford.
The Life of Timothy Benson, &c. we have located on Copac in an edition published in Stirling, by M. Randall [181-?] (1 copy, Newcastle University Library).
The Horrid Life of Sawney Beane we have located on Copac in an edition published in Carlisle by F. Jollie and Sons [1815-1825?] (1 copy, National Library of Scotland) but other iterations of the tale of "that Scotch Murderer, Robber and Cannibal Sawney Beane" have been located there dating back to the 1720s.

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