1929 - D. Appleton & Company, New York - First Edition
‘He stood near the robbed till, drinking with some men-o’-war’s men, and cursing and damning and voicing a ferocious joy that Captain Death and his sea-rogues, at last, lay dead or taken every one.’

A fine copy. Censored upon publication for ‘radical content’, Chamber’s novel caused quite a stir due to its realistic portrayals of violent life on the high seas. Accompanied with all the trappings of danger, treasure, and romance, and featuring fictional debuts from some of the best known names in piracy, including Black-Beard, Captain Kidd, and Mary Read, the novel is profusely illustrated with seventeen full page colour illustrations by the great Norman Price.  
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The Three Lieutenants, or, Naval Life in the Nineteenth Century - W. H. G. Kingston

1897 - Griffith Farran Browne & Co. Limited, London
Illustrations by Charles J. de Lacy. From the Boys’ Own Favourite Library series. The second novel in Kingstons series which began with ‘The Midshipmen’. A lovely copy in pictorial boardsand gilt edges.

Kingston's reputation was made by these books, that first appeared about 1860, and dealt with an officer's life in the Navy at about that time. By an extraordinary coincidence, the three young men who had met as midshipmen, get postings that enable them to keep their friendships alive when they are lieutenants. Another old friend is Admiral Triton, who, though retired, takes a great interest in their careers.
 
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Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates - Howard Pyle

1930 - Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London - Early Edition
‘...Howard Pyle’s pictures do breathe an American Spirit. Beyond the technical excellence which has caused artists to treasure proofs of these pictures, beyond the unquestioned accuracy of costume and setting, is the spiritual, personal something that makes pictures live.’

A lovely large format edition of these highly readable, magnificently illustrated tales recount the rip-roaring adventures of swashbuckling pirates and buccaneers of the Spanish Main. Includes ‘The Ghost of Captain Brand, Tom Chist and the Treasure Box, Jack Ballister’s Fortunes, The Ruby of Kishmoor’ and other tales. Enhanced by the author’s own incomparable illustrations, including ten full-colour plates, four black and white full page plates, and line drawings throughout. This immensely popular work became a seminal reference for those interested in maritime studies due to the meticulous research Pyle undertook while writing and illustrating the title.
 
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Swallows & Amazons - Arthur Ransome

1930 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
Beautifully bound by Bayntun-Rivière.

‘I can see it being read aloud on a thousand sandy beaches and as a special treat in bed to inspire further ideas for the morrow's adventures. Mr. Ransome's delightful children show how easy it is with a touch of the right sort of imagination to capture all the thrills of "Treasure Island" and "Robinson Crusoe" without going further afield than the next cove. All you need is a boat, a parrot, a black spot, a sea-chest (preferably covered with foreign labels), molasses, a smattering of seamanship and nautical language, a thunderstorm, and an enemy. The enemy is most important. Mix these ingredients judiciously and you get as fine a setting for voyages of discovery as ever inspired a Jason or a Raleigh.’ - S.P.B. Mais,
Daily Telegraph, August 1930. 
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1911 - Cassell & Co., London - First English edition with the N. C. Wyeth illustrations
“Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

A timeless Pirate classic, with colour illustrations by N. C. Wyeth, and a map, of course.

Join young Jim Hawkins as he accompanies the dastardly crew of ‘la Hispaniola’, including Long John Silver and his parrot, in pursuit the lost treasure of the infamous Captain Flint. Filled to the brim with mischief, murder and mayhem, the novel remains one of the most popular stories ever written.
 
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The Boy's Book of Pirates and the Great Sea Rovers - George Alfred Williams

1913 - Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York - First Edition
‘Unlike most of the adventurers, who became buccaneers by force of circumstances, Morgan deliberately selected the prefession, and studied piracy with great deliberation. He was so imbued with the spirit of this life that it was not long before he rose to great prominence...’

A rather scarce book, containing eleven full page illustrations with stunning colour and vitality, this work which was written and illustrated by the great Dicken’s illustrator George Alfred Williams delighted audiences with tales of the exciting, gruesome, and gripping history of piracy, chronicling it’s rise from the birth of circumnavigation to the chaotic heyday of the 19th century.
 
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