A Book of Pirates

By Rex Dixon (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1962 by Nelson
Illustrated by Robert Hodgson
First edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
First edition dustwrapper
Robert Hodgson
Nelson 1962
Piracy came into being almost as soon as ships set out upon the oceans of the world, and this book describes how even in Roman times there were pirates abroad, and how Julius Caesar himself fell into their hands.

But the heyday of piracy came in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the author tells the stories of some of the notorious figures of that time: Captain Kid, Pirate of the King, Captain Avery, whose fantastic life gave rise to even more fantastic myths, Blackbeard, driven by a dominating urge to power, Captain Codent, a quiet man who turned to piracy from motives of revenge.

These are true stories, excitingly told - stories of audacity, disappointment, tragedy, suffering, bravery - and a certain sort of glory.

First edition:
Nelson 1962:
Hardback with dustwrapper; navy blue boards with gilt blocking; 175x240mm; 200 pages; illustrated by Robert Hodgson with 2 vignettes, 4 plates and 18 line drawings - all black and white; full colour dustwrapper; cover price 25/-.

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