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Annotated Reference Guide to Collectible Books

Pirates

Past pop culture has skewed pirates as dirty, barbaric men that bury their treasure and many believed were folklore. But Pirates were very much real people, and they had some of the strictest and progressive working ships throughout history. Ironically, pirate ships were typically well-organized and often had a Code of Conduct document which discouraged gambling and sometimes even drinking, so the crew could be on alert at all times.

The book A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates by Captain Charles Johnson gives an unprecedented view of pirates and influences popular conceptions of pirates. This book was the first to introduce the notion of pirates wearing eye patches, having wooden legs and making the pirate a mythical character. One of the most famous pirates is Sir Francis Drake, an English pirate that was first to navigate the globe while stealing treasure from Spanish ports. He was even knighted upon return by Queen Elizabeth I, making any documents and early books on his voyage worth thousands of dollars!

Another famous pirate, Bartholomew Roberts, had a lucrative careers as a pirate. Articles by Roberts are sure to be great “treasure” for any pirate collection.

Esquemeling, Alexander. Bucaniers of America. William Crooke: London (1684). Full title-Bucaniers of America: Or, a True Account of the Most Remarkable Assaults committed of late years upon the Coasts of The West-Indies, by the Bucaniers of Jamaica and Tortuga, both English and French; Illustrated by Henry Morgan; Other author Basil Ringrose

Scott, Sir Walter. The Pirate. Archibald Constable: Edinburgh (1822). 3 volumes

Neumann, Charles Fried. History of the pirates who infested the China Sea, from 1807 to 1810. The Oriental Translation Fund: London (1831). Translated from the Chinese

Marryat, Captain. The Pirate and The Three Cutters. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman: London (1836).

Howard, H. R. The History of Virgil A. Stewart. Harper and Brothers: New York (1836). Full title-The History of Virgil A. Stewart, and His Adventure in Capturing and Exposing the Great Western Land Pirate and His Gang

Carboni, Raffaelo. The Eureka Stockade: The Consequence of Some Pirates Wanting on Quarter-deck a Rebellion. J.P. Atkinson and Co.: Melbourne (1855).

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. Cassell and Company, Ltd: London (1883).

Visiak, E. H. The Haunted Island: A Pirate Romance. Elkin Mathews: London (1910). Author pseudonym of Edward Harold Physick

Pyle, Howard. Book of Pirates. Harper and Brothers: New York (1921). Signed Limited Edition; 50 copies; Japan vellum stock; Compiled by Merle Johnson

Sabatini, Rafael. Captain Blood, His Odyssey. Houghton Mifflin Co.: Boston (1922).

Steinbeck, John. Cup of Gold. Robert M. McBride: New York (1929).

Steinbeck, John. Cup of Gold. Covici Friede: New York (1936).

Peake, Mervyn. Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor. Eyre and Spottiswoode: London (1945).