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
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
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