In these delightfully melodramatic accounts, originally published in an extremely rare 1837 volume, you'll find true stories of the diabolical desperadoes who plundered ships on the high seas and murdered their passengers and crews. The stories — based on contemporary newspaper accounts, trial proceedings, and Admiralty records — describe in lurid detail the life, atrocities, and bloody death of the infamous Black Beard as well as the cold-blooded exploits of Jean Lafitte, Robert Kidd, Edward Low, Thomas White, Anne Bonney, Mary Read, and scores of other maritime marauders.
The first edition of The Pirates Own Book was published in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1837, and during the next 25 years it was followed by at least eight other editions. Today it is a rarity among collectors. Now available once again in this inexpensive edition, it will thrill lovers of drama on the high seas or any reader interested in the true-life adventures of the ruthless men and women who sailed under the black flag so long ago.
Table of Contents
PREFACE TO THE EDITION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE DANISH AND NORMAN PIRATES
ADVENTURES AND EXPLOITS OF CAPTAIN AVERY
HISTORY OF THE JOASSAMEE PIRATES
SKETCH OF THE JOASSAMEE CHIEF-RAHMAH-BENJABIR
"LIFE OF LAFITTE, THE PIRATE OF THE GULF"
THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN ROBERTS
THE LIFE OF CHARLES GIBBS
HISTORY AND EXECUTION OF THE SPANISH PIRATES
THE LIFE OF BENITO DE SOTO
THE ADVENTURES OF CAPT. ROBERT KIDD
BLOODY CAREER AND EXECUTION OF VINCENT BENAVIDES
THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN DAVIS
AUTHENTIC HISTORY OF THE MALAY PIRATES
THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN CONDENT
THE LIFE OF CAPT. EDWARD LOW
LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF CAPT. EDWARD ENGLAND
ACCOUNT OF THE LYNN PIRATES
HISTORY OF THE LADRONE PIRATES
THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN LEWIS
"LIFE, CAREER, AND DEATH OF CAPT. THOMAS WHITE"
"LIFE, ATROCITIES, AND BLOODY DEATH OF BLACK BEARD"
"EXPLOITS, ARREST, AND EXECUTION OF CAPT. CHARLES VANE"
THE WEST INDIA PIRATES
ADVENTURES AND EXECUTION OF CAPT. JOHN RACKAM
LIFE AND EXPLOITS OF ANNE BONNEY
ADVENTURES AND HEROISM OF MARY READ
HISTORY OF THE ALGERINE PIRATES
"ADVENTURES, TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF CAPTAIN GOW"
THE PIRATES SONG