A Report of the Trial of Pedro Gibert, Bernardo de Soto, Francisco...
by Trials; Gibert, Pedro, Primary Defendant
1834. Illustrated Account of a Trial of Twelve Spanish Pirates Heard by Joseph Story [Trials]. Gibert, Pedro [1796-1835], Primary Defendant. A Report of the Trial of Pedro Gibert, Bernardo de Soto, Francisco Ruiz, Nicola Costa, Antonio Ferrer, Manuel Boyga, Domingo de Guzman, Juan Antonio Portana, Manuel Castillo, Angel Garcia, Jose Velazquez, and Juan Montenegro Alias Jose Basilio de Castro, Before the United States Circuit Court: On an Indictment Charging Them with the Commission of an Act of Piracy, On Board the Brig Mexican, Of Salem; Containing a Full Statement of the Testimony, And the Arguments of the Counsel on Both Sides, The Charge of the Court, Pronounced by the Hon. Judge Story: And the Verdict of the Jury: With an Appendix Containing Several Documents Never Before Published. Boston: Russell, Odiorne & Metcalf/Providence: M. Brown & Co./ Portland: Colman & Chisholm/ Salem: John M. Ives, 1834. 79,  pp.,  leaves of plates with portraits of each defendant. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers. Spine perished, wrappers detached, lightly soiled and lightly edgeworn. Moderate toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves, corners of most leaves creased, internally clean. * Third edition, the only edition with plates. Believed to be the last American pirate, Don Pedro Gilbert was based 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 in his schooner Panda. That same year Gilbert was charged with boarding and robbing the Mexican, a brig based in Salem, Massachusetts. The British Navy captured Gilbert's ship and crew in 1833 and delivered the captain and crew to Boston. The jury found Gilbert and six of his men guilty and acquitted the others. A motion for a new trial was rejected and the prisoners were sentenced to death. Bernardo de Soto, the first mate, was pardoned by President Jackson. The first edition of this account was published in 1834; no second edition was ever located. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 13898. (Inventory #: 66052)
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