A thin, softcover book, in reasonable condition. Outer cover faded to the 'spine' and creased on one corner. Some of the inside pages are creased on the corner. Otherwise the inside pages are clean and tidy, with no marks and still entirely readable. Illustrated by black and white prints, maps & drawings.
Bampfylde Moore Carew 'was a Rogue in the grand tradition. An idler, a swindler, a knave and a rascal, . a wit and a practical joker'. So Dr Breitmeyer describes this West Country folk hero in his introduction to the two 19th century pamphlets re-printed here as facsimilies of the originals, which recount Bampfylde's Life and adventures.
Born 1690, the second son of an ancient, wealthy and much respected Devonshire family, Bampfylde renounced the comfortable life that might have been his almost by right as a gentleman for that of an itinerant beggar. Choosing the freedom of the road in place of security, adventure not domesticity, and looking always for new experiences, Bampfylde established himself as a true 'King of the Beggars'. An extensive introduction gives the background to the family & locality of this notorious eighteenth century rogue.