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A General History of Pirates. 1724.A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates is a 1724 book, containing biographies of pirates right at the end of the Golden Age of Piracy from 1716 to 1726. The book was written by Captain Charles Johnson, a pseudonym possibly for Daniel Defoe (1660 – 24 April 1731), one of the founders of the English novel, and author of the famous story of ‘Robinson Crusoe’. The book is influential to this day in shaping the popular conceptions of pirates; such as pirates with missing legs or eyes, the myth of pirates burying treasure, and the name of the pirates flag the Jolly Roger. It is also the prime source for the biographies of many well known pirates such as Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Jack Rackham, Black Bart Roberts, Charles Vane, Edward Lowe and many other famous pirates from the Golden Age.

A General History of Pirates. 1724.

  • Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.


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