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A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates with An Introduction and Commentary by David Cordingly - Captain Charles Johnson

London: Conway Maritime Press, 1998, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.

First in this edition. Contains a glossary of terms.

From the cover: “The identity of Captain Johnson remains a mystery. For many years the name was believed to be a pseudonym for Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe and other classic works including Moll Flanders and Captain Singleton, which is the fictional biography of a pirate. Recent research has cast doubt on this interesting theory, and although there are some similarities in the style of Defoe’s known works and Captain Johnson’s History, there are too many discrepancies to confirm the attribution. It has been suggested that Johnson was a seaman, and possibly even a pirate, because he is clearly at home with the language of the sea and he shows an inside knowledge of the lives of some of the pirates he describes. He certainly had access to trial documents and may well have interviewed former pirates or sailors who had been captured and spent time on pirate ships. His book undoubtedly provides the most vivid and authentic description of the great age of piracy. Since its first publication in 1724 it has been the prime source of information about the lives of the most notorious pirates and has been an inspiration for numerous books, plays and films, from R. L. Stevenson’s Treasure Island and J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan to the swashbuckling movies starring Douglas Fairbanks Snr and Errol Flynn.”


Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 370 pages.
£26.00