Source: General History of the Pyrates, Joyner Rare F2161.D4/1724b

Staff Person: Maury York

This image of the pirate Blackbeard is the first likeness of him to appear in print. The image is from the Rare Book Collection’s copy of the two-volume General History of the Pyrates (1724), by “Captain Charles Johnson.” Some scholars believe that the book was written by Daniel Defoe.

The book is available in the Rare Book Collection (Joyner Rare F2161.D4 1724b) and in the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library.

Blackbeard the pirate

Blackbeard the pirate