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The Pirate's Pocket Book   By: (1878-1937)

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In The Pirate's Pocket Book, author Dion Clayton Calthrop takes readers on a thrilling journey through the world of piracy on the high seas. Although this book is quite old, being first published in 1908, it manages to retain its charm and captivate readers even today.

Calthrop's detailed and vivid descriptions bring to life the dangerous and adventurous world of pirates. From their fearsome ships to their ruthless tactics, readers will find themselves immersed in the swashbuckling atmosphere. The author's prose flows smoothly, and his ability to paint engaging scenes makes it easy for readers to visualize the thrilling moments of pirate battles and treasure hunts.

One of the book's strengths lies in its comprehensive and informative content. The Pirate's Pocket Book is packed with fascinating historical details that shed light on the practices, customs, and lives of pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy. Calthrop covers a wide range of topics, from pirate ships and their structures to the types of weapons used during that era. These factual insights give readers a deeper understanding of the pirate lifestyle, making this book a valuable resource for history enthusiasts.

Moreover, the narrative is interspersed with captivating anecdotes and stories of famous pirates, adding an extra layer of intrigue. Calthrop showcases the notorious figures of Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, and Anne Bonny, among others, allowing readers to glimpse into their lives and deeds. These anecdotes add a human element to the narrative, making it more relatable and engaging.

While The Pirate's Pocket Book offers plenty of exciting pirate tales, it also seeks to educate readers about the moral consequences of piracy. Calthrop emphasizes the reality of life as a pirate, highlighting the hardships and grim outcomes that are often overlooked in romanticized portrayals. By doing so, he forces readers to confront the morality of piracy, prompting thoughtful reflection on the actions of these historical figures.

However, one aspect that may disappoint some readers is the brevity of the book. As a pocket-sized publication, it naturally sacrifices depth and can only cover the basics of piracy. While it succeeds in providing a concise introduction to the subject matter, those seeking a more extensive exploration might be left wanting more.

In conclusion, The Pirate's Pocket Book is a delightful and informative read for anyone interested in piracy and the Golden Age of Piracy. Dion Clayton Calthrop's engaging storytelling and meticulous research make this book a valuable addition to the realm of pirate literature. Whether you are a history aficionado or simply enjoy a swashbuckling adventure, this book offers an enjoyable journey into the thrilling world of pirates.

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Sisley's Ltd. Makers Of Beautiful Books London


with my love . 1907.


THIS book you hold in your hand belonged once to a very celebrated Pirate.

He was so celebrated that the newspapers of that time always said nice things about him, and always knew what he was doing before he did himself. As he was a very truthful man, he did the things, so that the editors might not get into trouble.

Which was kind.

By which I do not mean that he was always kind.

[Illustration: MAP of Tomb's Island ( very exciting ).]

Nobody knew how old he was. Some said that he was so old that he had never been born.

Some said that he must be young or he could not be so wicked.

So you see there were two opinions about him.

There are always two opinions about a celebrated man.

If you look at him you will see that he dressed to please himself.

[Illustration: Supposed birthplace of Tomb family. Family of Bone still living in the cottage.]

He wore a nice hat but you have noticed that; and he had a roving eye.

By which I do not mean his eye walked about like this, but that he looked around him a good deal... Continue reading book >>

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