Garson Collection

The Garson collection of Orkney books was bequeathed to Stromness Library in 1928.

Within that collection was an original 1725 copy of Daniel Defoe’s –  An account of the conduct and proceedings of the late John Gow alias Smith, Captain of the late pirates, executed for murther & piracy committed on board the George gally, afterwards call’d the Revenge; with a relation of all the horrid murthers they committed in cold blood; as also of their being taken at the Islands of Orkney, and sent up prisoners to London. 

Copy of Defoe’s book on display at Stromness Museum, image by permission of Stromness Museum

There are only a handful of these books in existence. One is in Boston and can be viewed digitally here.  A facsimile limited edition was produced by Stromness Museum and can be bought there.

This rare find was listed in the handwritten catalogue of the Garson Collection drawn up by Archie Bevan and Ian MacInnes.


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